Victoria Gate

Client: Sir Robert McAlpine

Value: £4.7m
Location: Leeds
Contract Period: 18 months
Contract Type: Bespoke subcontract


Now complete, Victoria Gate houses a flagship 21,000m² John Lewis store alongside an elegantly designed two-street arcade with 30 stores, restaurants, cafes, and a casino. A multi-storey car park also provides spaces for up to 800 cars.

Howard Civil Engineering was awarded the drainage, substructure and superstructure civil engineering works. Key constraints in the development of this city-centre site were its proximity to local businesses, working alongside other contractors, and utilising every square metre of developable footprint of the site. The programming and sequencing of the various phases was been paramount.

Scope of works 

  • Excavation to expose piles and contiguous piled walls (7,000m³)
  • Reinforced concrete foundations including pile caps and ground beams (2,000m³)
  • Reinforced concrete structures including 5 cores up to 6 storeys high with climbing formwork (800m³)
  • Reinforced concrete basement structure with reinforced concrete walls (single and two-sided)
  • Extensive temporary works scheme to support a contiguous piled wall and capping beam
  • Suspended reinforced concrete soffit works
  • Insitu concrete ground and upper floor slabs (4,800m³)
  • 750 tonnes rebar, 18,000m² mesh
  • Drainage including Section 104 outfall works within the highway, cast iron products, pumping station, attenuation tanks
  • Services to cover the provision of utilities to the individual retail units

Victoria Gate opened its doors to the public in October 2016. 


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