Preview of the Victoria Gate complex in Leeds city centre
After our social enterprise, Yorkshire MORE jams and chutneys http://www.yorkshiremore.com , applied for funding, the developers were so impressed with our products and ethos that we were invited to visit this project.
|James Rogers of Hammersons with our jams and chutneys on the table|
James Rogers of Hammersons plc, who already own the Victoria Quarter in Leeds, gave eleven of Yorkshire MORE’s regular volunteers a presentation of what was to come in the first of two phases of this vast development which is due to open in Autumn 2016. There is the biggest John Lewis store outside of London, a multi-storey car park, an ellipse shaped arcade housing shops, cafes and restaurants, a casino with rooftop restaurant and public toilets. Victoria Gate will be connected to the Victoria Quarter by a walkway.
We were then appropriately suited and booted to visit the site. We were shown round by the contractors, Sir Robert McAlpine, and were amazed by the logistics of the project, the amount of scaffolding and concrete used and the self-cleaning and bombproof glass.
|The arcades which are paved with polished tiles imported from China|
|To go on site, we had to wear hard hats, goggles, hi-vis jacketets, gloves and steel toed boots|
|Top of the casino|
|The structure with the diamond shapes is the John Lewis store|
I can’t wait for this shopping experience. James requested sample of our jams and chutneys to show John Lewis and the management of the Victoria Quarter to see if we can sell our jam there. Not bad for a dedicated team of volunteers and it follows on from a successful weekend selling at the BBC Good Food Show at Harrogate.
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