Garnet Exchange Leeds, UK
Corstorphine & Wright has been appointed by Tri7 and Fusion Group to develop a planning application for the redevelopment of The Core Shopping Centre on The Headrow in Leeds.
The shopping centre contains several vacant retail units, resulting in an underutilised key site in the heart of the city. The proposals seek to replace the centre with three new buildings comprising retail space at ground floor and student living to the upper floors.
The introduction of residential use in this location will provide much needed vitality and extend the strong existing student community.
The design concept introduces two new pedestrian streets running from east to west, echoing the historic arcades of the city and providing invaluable connectivity promoting future regeneration.
Over 800 student residences will be provided, with elevated private courtyards and amenity spaces, contributing to the activity of the area along with student wellbeing.
The buildings are connected by glazed bridges enabling safe and secure access for residents, whilst providing natural surveillance for the surrounding streets.
The architecture takes it cues from the rich historic setting, with the civic scale of The Headrow acknowledged alongside the intricate detailing of Albion Place and Lands Lane.