03 Nov Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park opens!
Leeds’ brand new retail destination Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park opened on Friday 30th October 2015. The first wave of shops to open their doors included an M&S Foodhall, JD Sports, Home Bargains, Outfit and Costa.
The retail offering will be enhanced even further when Card Factory, Pets at Home, Lloyds Pharmacy, Trespass, Pure Gym, Specsavers and Smyths Toys open in the coming weeks.
Kirkstall Bridge offers three hours of free parking for 356 cars and an enhanced bus stop with real time information, plus on-site cycle parking and cycling links, ensuring it is accessible to all.
Rowney Sharman are delighted to be the Client Project and Tenant Liaison Managers on this £40 million scheme, coordinating the demolition of the original store and delivering 120,000 sq ft of quality retail and leisure space for LondonMetric Property.
Paul Sharman, Director of Rowney Sharman, said: “The redevelopment has transformed a previously tired and obsolete site into a vibrant and attractive development. The completion demonstrates the expertise of all those involved, delivering a combined leisure and retail offering which creates an environmentally conscious shopping destination with a community focus and sense of place.”
Yorkshire-based contractor Caddick Construction worked with Re-new and Employment Leeds to promote employment opportunities, welcoming a number of work experience placements, as well as employing four young apprentices.
Andrew Murray, Managing Director at Caddick Construction, said: “A key focus during the build was to promote local employment. We were successful in providing multiple work experience placements covering brickwork and electrical in addition to our four young apprentice positions. As well as contributing to the local construction jobs market, we also offered numerous training opportunities to support the up-skilling of the workforce.”
Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves officially opens the shopping park next Friday, November 6, at 11.30am. Rachel Reeves and John Liversedge, chair of Kirkstall Festival, will unveil a clocktower created by artist Kirsty Brooks.
The clocktower sits at the heart of Kirkstall Bridge is inspired by the area’s industrial history. Each visual component of the mechanism is created from photographs of nearby industrial elements, such as a forge-made vehicle axle on the pendulum. The lighting changes on the hour and filters through the images.