Originally built as a Lewis’s Department Store, Broad Gate was opened to expectant crowds in 1932
After a long retail history, Broad Gate was refurbished in 2009 and is now home to 1200 occupiers and is going from strength to strength. The transformation of this landmark building created a unique opportunity to take some of the most remarkable office space in Leeds city centre.
Hope Yard North
Vacant ground to the right cleared ready for Lewis’s site
Master plan drawings by Reginald Bloomfield
Architects detail drawings by Atkinson and Shaw
Excavation of the site
Construction of Steelwork
1942 War time.
Bomb blast walls formed at entrances
Prams Park at rear of Lewis’s
View of building at war time with external sun canopies down
Lewis’s half yearly sale
1982 Golden Jubilee
50 years of trading as Lewis’s
Allders last day of trading
New reception to office areas
100,000 people entered the store on its first day of trading, sampling a huge variety of goods, many of which had never been seen outside London. Lewis’s Leeds sold everything from furniture to food, all housed within the Broad Gate building. ‘Ask me Girls’ were on hand to direct customers through each section of the store, helping them find the goods they were searching for in the maze of people, product displays and finery.
The first day’s trading was a success for the business, which only sold out of Lobsters (at 9p each!). However, the highlight for many customers on that opening day was catching a glimpse of the escalators, a technological innovation of the period and the first to be installed in Leeds.