Work starts on new Lidl-anchored retail park in Stanningley
Work has now commenced on a new 52,000 sq ft retail park in Stanningley, West Yorkshire.
The scheme is located on a brownfield site which was previously occupied by former Leeds United sponsor R F Winder a decade ago.
The retail park will be anchored by a 28,000 sq ft new concept Lidl food store. Home Bargains will also take 15,000 sq ft of space and Heron Frozen Foods has signed on for 4,000 sq ft, along with smaller units for Mencap, Card Factory, Greggs and Betfred.
Simon Williams of Williams Property Consultants said: “At long last it is great to see steelwork going up on this exciting new retail park. Lidl and PDR Construction have succeeded where others have failed.
“Such is the strength of the location that only one of the proposed eight units remains available to let and that unit is only 850 sq ft so I would be surprised if this unit was not let before practical completion in January 2018.”
Paul Dransfield of PDR Construction added: “We have always believed in Leeds which is why we opened our offices in Stanningley over 10 years ago.
“Having watched Winder’s relocate and demolish their original factory it has been a target for us to be involved in redeveloping its replacement, as it’s only 100 yards from the office!
“Having working with Lidl for almost 20 years and built out 22 stores across the North of England including their new concept LOF store it’s fitting this site has been entrusted to PDR, where we have been able to add value to the process and be a true partner to both Lidl and Belgrave “
A spokesperson for Belgrave Retail Park commented: “This has been a long hard road not only for ourselves but for Lidl and the two professional teams, so it is particularly satisfying to see the light at the end of the tunnel and such great retailing names taking units on the park.
“PDR Construction are on budget and on time, DPP delivered not just one but three planning consents on the site and joint agents Williams Property Consultants and Rees Denton have let 98% of the scheme as the steel frame is erected.
“All that’s left is to sell the completed development and move on to other ventures in the north of England.”