Sir Robert McAlpine has been named as main contractor for developer Hammerson’s £150m Victoria Gate shopping arcade in Leeds city centre.
The winning contractor saw off competition from Vinci and Laing O'Rourke.
The development, which received detailed planning consent last year, is anchored by a 21,000m² John Lewis store, which will link to the city's existing Victoria Quarter.
“With a strong track record of delivering schemes on time and to a high build quality, we delighted to add Sir Robert McAlpine to the Victoria Gate team,” said Hammerson director Vinod Thakrar.
Sir Robert McAlpine director Richard McAlpine added: “We have an established track record of working with Hammerson on outstanding retail-led developments and look forward to building on our relationship as we work together to deliver this exciting new project.”
Initial enabling works on the site have begun with the main start on site scheduled for later this spring. The price tage, previously quoted as £130m by the developer, is now being put at £150m.
The first phase of the scheme is expected to create up to 1,000 construction jobs. A careers fair will be organised in Leeds in early April for individuals wanting to find out more about jobs and training opportunities. All vacancies will be advertised via Leeds City Council’s employment & skills service.