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Friday, March 31, 2006
Terry Farrell masterplans Leeds
The Leeds Partnership - a joint venture between Hammerson and Town Centre Securities - has 'revealed' that it had asked Farrell to mastermind the £500 million mixed-use redevelopment of the city’s Eastgate and Harewood quarters. The proposals, which go on public display tomorrow, will create 93,000m2 of new retail space, as well as 600 homes, a medical centre and a church. There are also plans for two department stores on the 8.5ha split site, including a flagship building for retailer John Lewis.

I love the idea of 'unveiling' Farrell as the mastermind the day before the plans go out for public comment but actually this is the tail-end of a fairly long process of 'consultation' and negotiation and everyone's known about Farrell's involvement for ages. In fact, he prepared a masterplan for the area as long ago as 1990 according to the supplementary planning document (pdf from October 2005. There's a long and quite dull (but interesting if you're a local) discussion of all the controversy here on skyscrapercity.

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