Leeds: £10m brings the light look to Albion Street in revamp

The transformation is on its way of one of Leeds's busiest streets.

The redevelopment of Albion Street is part of Land Securities' 350m scheme.

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Over 10m will be invested in the transformation of Albion Street with a new spectacular glass walkway to be built to float above the shops at the northern end of the street connecting Trinity Leeds.

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The redevelopment work includes putting up temporary scaffolding beneath the link bridge at the midway point of Lower Albion Street and the safe removal of the existing bridge that spans the street.

Demolition works will start in February taking about six weeks.

Andrew Dudley, head of the project for Land Securities, said: "In the heart of this great city, we are delivering a 1 million sq ft destination with a real wow factor. It will become a beacon for retail excellence on both an international and national scale."

A protected pedestrian route will be maintained on Albion Street at all times and there may be some vehicular road closures of which retailers will be informed, and recommended redirection of delivery routes will be provided.

The majority of works will take place within regular business hours (8.00am to 6.00pm) however some works will take place at night to minimise the impact on retailers.

By March the scaffolding will begin to come down layer by layer with the safe removal of the bridge and the new link bridge will begin to be built in the Autumn.

Mr Dudley, said "There will inevitably be some disruption, but we will do everything we can to keep this down to a minimum."

He added: "Measures are being taken to ensure the safety of our neighbours, shoppers and passers-through using high level scaffolding and decking, and by providing a protected route for pedestrians while work is on-going."

Throughout the demolition programme, principal contractor Laing O'Rourke will be keep all parties informed through its community liaison manager Michelle Levi who can be contacted on 0113 205 3270

The flagship scheme, which is due to open in Spring 2013, is the largest retail-led development in the UK to get the go-ahead since the credit crunch and is already more than 50 per cent pre-let.

It will support the thriving urban city with a dynamic, ever-evolving shopping experience to revitalise the retail core.

International restaurant operator D&D London, was the latest to book its place at the Trinity table by taking 12,000 sq ft for two rooftop restaurants that will have the distinctive Conran design and will be accessed by an external scenic glass lift.

Their opening will be the group's first UK venture outside London, putting Leeds alongside New York, Paris, Tokyo and Copenhagen, where D&D also have top name restaurants.