Leeds Corn Exchange
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|Leeds Corn Exchange|
Leeds Corn Exchange
|Location||Leeds, West Yorkshire, England|
|Design and construction|
Designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, a Hull architect best known for Leeds Town Hall, this Grade I listed structure was completed in 1862 and opened on 28 July 1863. The dome design was based on that of the Bourse de commerce of Paris by François-Joseph Bélanger and François Brunet, completed in 1811. Leeds Corn Exchange is now just one of three corn exchanges in the country which operates in its traditional capacity as a centre for trade, albeit no longer for trading in corn.
In 1985, Speciality Shops plc won the contract to re-develop the Corn Exchange as a shopping centre. The refurbishment designed by Alsop & Lyall restored it and added staircases to allow access to the balcony and basement levels. It opened for trade in 1990. Many other buildings have been restored in the area, now known as the Exchange Quarter.
As well as housing shops such as Ark Clothing, and Eva (jewellery), the Leeds Corn Exchange hosted exhibitions, events such as strut (fashion show) and music events. Most shops sold alternate merchandise and it became a well-known congregation point for alternative people.
In November 2007 it was revealed that the centre (which was being refurbished after being taken over by Zurich Financial Services) was to be converted into a food emporium. The plans brought protests from the independent traders, who were removed from the Corn Exchange, and their customers.
After the restoration the Corn Exchange re-opened in November 2008 as a boutique shopping centre for independent retailers. The 13,200-square-foot (1,230 m2) ground level was occupied by Piazza by Anthony until its sudden closure in June 2013. The upper levels are home to a number of retailers.
- "Bourse de Commerce". Structurae (in French). Retrieved 18 September 2015.
- Bowyer, Laura (22 June 2013). "Dining dismay after acclaimed Leeds restaurants shut". The Yorkshire Evening Post. Leeds. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Leeds Corn Exchange.|
- Leeds Corn Exchange website
- Pictures of the Corn Exchange by Steve Cadman
- Historic England. "Corn Exchange - Grade I (465668)". Images of England.