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RETAIL THERAPY THAT OOZES CLASS


The Victoria Quarter in Leeds is undoubtedly one of the UK’s designer shopping landmarks and it’s just undergone a dose of retail therapy that stays true to its 106-year-old history. Dubbed the Knightsbridge of the North, the impressive arcade has recently completed an extensive £600,000 four-year refurbishment programme delivered by West Yorkshire construction firm Topp & Holmes. It has proved to be one of the most complex and demanding projects ever delivered by the Bingley-based firm but the end result is a shopping venue that oozes designer class without ever compromising on its long and rich heritage.

The arcade covers an area of 217,000 square feet across three linked shopping avenues and houses 72 outlets. It has recently been purchased for £126.1 million by the Bank of Ireland Private Banking from The Highstone Group who commissioned the restoration programme.

From extensive shop fascia renovation, involving methods and materials sympathetic to its Victorian roots, to the incorporation of two stunning fountains Topp & Holmes has managed the whole process to offer the shopper an unmatched retail experience.Two café facilities have also been created including one on behalf the adjacent Harvey Nichols store and they are just one of a number of high quality brands to have benefited.The retail areas for Bravissimo, Jigsaw and High & Mighty have also been extended involving complicated structural alterations.The Louis Vuitton store has also received a complete makeover, a brand new Reiss store has been added and new shop fronts have been constructed for Berry’s Jewellers, H L Brown’s Jewellers and Gieves & Hawkes but it’s not just the internal works that are attracting admiration.

A number of shops on King Edwards Street, which forms the external side of the arcade, have also received new fascia that takes the era of Victoriana directly out and into the busy streets of Leeds. The Victoria Quarter’s imposing high glass entrances, on both Briggate and Vicar Lane, seem to perfectly complement the surrounding architecture despite their modern appearance.

Greg Topp, Managing Director of the 26-year-old construction firm, explained: “We worked closely with the arcade’s former owners, The Highstone Group, over a four year period with many requirements. “It’s a self contained shopping experience that is infused with light and colour and it creates an atmosphere that is quite unique. It can literally be like stepping back in time. “The Victoria Quarter, as it appears now, has all the hallmarks of a master craftsman approach and we’ve paid very special attention to the many details of the task in hand,” added Greg. The Harvey Nichols café was constructed over an eight day period with a twenty four hour operation required whilst the recently completed Street Café is due to open officially on October 12th as the Christmas shop kicks into gear.

The arcade’s glazed roof is a real reminder of the aspirations of the original architects and builders way back in 1900. Topp & Holmes’ Contract Manager Chris Berryman has overseen the project from start to finish with a hands on role at every stage. “There have been so many complex and technical elements to the work undertaken that it would be virtually impossible to list them all. From the timberwork and paint finishes to the exquisite ironwork and glazing, this has been a task that has drawn on all of our resources and expertise.“You won’t find fountains such as those which are symmetrically placed within the central shopping avenue anywhere else and they presented a number of logistical challenges. “It’s as far from being a shopping mall or a shopping centre as it’s possible to be. To me and many of the employees involved in the project it’s been a privilege to be able to say we’ve contributed to this environment,” added Chris.

Over two million people live within 30 miles of Leeds which has already established itself as the commercial and financial centre for the north of England. Venues such as the Victoria Quarter  only add to its allure. Whilst it may not be the biggest shopping venue in the UK it should undoubtedly be considered as one of the most stylish and evocative.

For the final word you need go no further than Michael Frampton, Chairman of H L Brown Jewellers who sums up the arcade aptly: "The Victoria Quarter oozes luxury and style and we are proud of our unit in this outstanding development."

For more information contact Rob Wilkinson on 01274 518224 / 07877 808164 rob@promotion.uk.net
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BINGLEY FIRM DELIVERS PIZZA UNITS EARLY!

Bingley-based construction firm Topp & Holmes has recently completed work to £350,000 retail development in South Yorkshire four weeks ahead of schedule and on budget. The project in Rotherham involved the construction of three retail units including a Dominoes pizza outlet as well as associated landscaping and parking areas.

Managing Director Greg Topp explained: “These type of retail developments are becoming a real area of expertise for Topp and Holmes and a sign that we are getting an increasingly bigger slice of the region’s construction projects!”

For more information contact Rob Wilkinson on 01274 518224 / 07877 808164 rob@promotion.uk.net
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BINGLEY FIRM IS TOPP OF THE WORLD!

A Bingley-based construction firm is celebrating after picking up a prestigious architectural award for its work within Leeds city centre Topp & Holmes collected a Conserved or Altered Building commendation in the Leeds Architectural Awards for its work on the Old Post Office building on behalf of client The Highstone Group and Garnett Netherwood Architects Ltd.

Managing Director Greg Topp explained: “This is great news for the company and comes on the back of a very successful 2006 that has seen us work on a number of prestigious projects across the region.”

For more information contact Rob Wilkinson on 01274 518224 / 07877 808164 rob@promotion.uk.net
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REG SUMS IT UP FOR BINGLEY FIRM

Bingley-based construction firm Topp & Holmes has appointed Reg Abbott to the position of Senior Estimator.
Reg, who has worked within the building industry for 30 years, will be responsible for providing cost estimations on a growing number of projects across the region.

Managing Director Greg Topp explained: “Having Reg on board adds even more to the quality of service that we can offer our customers and his eye for detail will guarantee that we sum it all up perfectly.”

Topp & Holmes established in 1986 in Bradford and a member of both the Federation of Master Builders and National House Builders Confederation has been based on Bradford Road in Bingley for the past 15 years and employs a full-time workforce of 30.

For more information contact Rob Wilkinson on 01274 518224 / 07877 808164 rob@promotion.uk.net
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