Victoria Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

Victoria Leeds

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Victoria Leeds is a shopping district and leisure area in central Leeds, comprising the 2016 Victoria Gate development, and the Victoria Quarter, a complex of upmarket restored and contemporary shopping arcades which opened in 1990. Notable for its role in the regeneration of the city centre, and a programme of restoration which included commissioning the largest work of stained glass work in Europe, designed by artist Brian Clarke, in 2016 the Victoria Quarter was merged with the new Victoria Gate complex to form the largest premium retail and leisure venue in Northern England. The district includes a casino and major stores such as Harvey Nichols and John Lewis and Partners.

The Grade II* listed Victoria Quarter is a network of interconnected, covered shopping spaces, forming an upmarket shopping district popularly known as 'the Knightsbridge of the North'. Created in a major redevelopment programme through the restoration of the existing Victorian and Edwardian arcades, and the creation of a contemporary arcade through the pedestrianisation and glazing over of the adjacent Queen Victoria Street with what was at the time the largest secular stained glass work in the world, designed by artist Brian Clarke. Covering three blocks between Briggate and Vicar Lane, comprising County Arcade, Cross Arcade, Queen Victoria Street and King Edward Street, the Derek Latham and Company redevelopment opened as the Victoria Quarter in September 1990. The project is widely cited as an exemplar of successful and contextual urban regeneration, and in 1991 was awarded both the Leeds Award for Architecture and the Civic Trust Award.

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