It looks like Briggate is going to get a new piece of “public art”, courtesy of Land Securities, the people behind the new Leeds Trinity shopping centre.
Councillors on the Plans Panel (City Centre) are going to get the low-down on what the developers have got in mind when they make their very own exclusive visit to the site on Thursday 12th April.
They’re also going to be updated on progress in the landmark £350m retail and leisure development, the design of which is “continually being refined and updated” in response to “current retail thinking and design progress.”
Among the refinements are proposals for Leeds’ first digital advertising screen to carry general commercial advertising (yay!) and a “new food concept”(sorry? what?) to be located on the upper floors.
Following last week’s “exclusive” visits to the site by BBC Radio Leeds and the Yorkshire Evening Post on the same day, it had been thought that there were no further immediate PR opportunities for the iconic development – two thirds of which have already been snapped up by the likes of Primark, Next and Topshop.
But the councillors’ visit – and the ensuing public debate on the sculpture that’s going to be erected in Briggate – will guarantee that our “retail soul mate” Trinity is going to be on the tip of our tongues for some while to come.
Debate? Well, a little bird tells us that the piece of public art in question could be a 250ft-high sculpture in fibreglass and plastic in the style of Anthony Gormley called Shopping Man.