The Core

Bringing new leisure uses to a well-known shopping centre

Project summary

  • Client: Sackville UKPEC1 Leeds (GP) Limited
  • Location: Leeds
  • Sector: Retail & Leisure
  • Status: Construction


Leeds has more than its fair share of traditional shopping Centres, including Land Sec’s Trinity and Hammerson’s Victoria Centres opening to much fanfare in the last few years. This means that Leeds existing old style centres need to up their game to maintain their attraction.

The Core at the top of the Headrow is an existing centre built in the late 1980s with major reconfigurations delivered in 2009 and 2014. The centre now sees its future in creating new leisure offers, and as part of this DLG Architects have achieved planning approval to form an impressive new 2-storey glass entrance on the corner of King Charles Street and The Headrow. This will now give a direct connection with the existing mall at 1st floor level with a similar interior design theme to the existing ground floor mall off the main thoroughfare.

In addition the centre are also looking to introduce exciting new leisure tenants within the second floor under the south atrium which would serve as an anchor to attract further leisure operators within the extended mall.