Building An Icon

Originally Lewis’s Department Store, Broad Gate was opened to expectant crowds in 1932

After a long and rich retail history, Broad Gate was refurbished in 2009 and is now home to 1300+ occupiers. The transformation of this landmark building created a unique opportunity to take some of the most remarkable office space in Leeds city centre.

 

1924

Hope Yard cleared for the Lewis's site

 

1928

Hope Yard North

 

1928

Vacant ground to the right cleared ready for Lewis’s site

 

1930

Master plan drawings by Reginald Bloomfield

 

1930

Architects detail drawings by Atkinson and Shaw

 

1931

Excavation of the site

 

1931

Construction of Steelwork

 

1942 War time.

Bomb blast walls formed at entrances

 

1944

Prams Park at rear of Lewis’s

 

1944

View of building at war time with external sun canopies down

 

1947

Lewis’s half yearly sale

 

1982

Internal staircase

 

1982 Golden Jubilee

50 years of trading as Lewis’s

 

2004

Allders last day of trading

 

2009

Aerial view

 

2009

New reception to office areas

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Broad Gate plans

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.

Broad Gate plans