John Lewis, Leeds

A regional flagship store for a classic British brand

Mace fitted out 23,000 square metres for John Lewis in the new Victoria Gate development in Leeds. Good communication was essential between the project team, the brands using space in the store and the community.

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John Lewis, Leeds Project summary


John Lewis Partnership

Key partners

Brooker Flynn Architects, Monaghans, Bruce Shaw, Hurst Pierce Malcolm, Synergy

Services provided

Construct, Interiors


Retail, Commercial


UK and Europe, UK North

Project timeline

Start date
December 2015

Project story

Delivering an additional 42,000 square metres of retail and leisure space, as well as a multi-storey car park, Victoria Gate is set to enhance the retail offer in Leeds, giving a number of retailers a presence in the region for the first time. They include John Lewis, which is an anchor tenant for the new development.

Our first project for this client, we worked collaboratively with John Lewis' professional team to design and price the scheme, incorporating a number of changes as we looked for the best solution at all times.

The scheme consists of five sales floors, two basement levels and a rooftop area. There was a series of phased handovers during the 30 week programme, the most significant being at 22 weeks when we handed over space to the shop fitters to continue fitting out the different concession stores within John Lewis.

This project profile features in our Northern Powerhouse section.
John Lewis Leeds Shopping Centre - Mace Group

Project stats

16,400+ sq m fit out
5 sales floors
9 crane lifts

Points of note

Building relationships

Building a strong relationship with all stakeholders was crucial on this project. The contractor responsible for delivering the building's structure was on site throughout the duration of the project, and the development was flanked by a multi-storey car park and connecting retail arcade, Leeds market and a busy commuter route. Constant coordination with everyone involved was required to manage logistics, day-to-day operations and road closures for the crane lifts.

Making a difference

Our team made sure that the project was not only delivered to client specification, but made a difference in the community they have been working in. Throughout the project they ran events or volunteered for charities such as Mind, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Simon on the Streets. The team also hosted a visit from the Keepmoat apprentice scheme and organised an Easter event at Richmond Hill Primary School. The team welcomed a student from Leeds College of Building who undertook work experience with the team for three weeks during construction.