Building works conclude at new 350,000 sq ft retail and leisure park

Building works for the new 350,000 sq ft retail and leisure destination at Thorpe Park Leeds.

Phase two at Thorpe Park Leeds, including The Springs, is being developed by Scarborough International Properties Limited (SIPL), the UK and international real estate developer and its joint venture partner Legal & General.

The Springs, which officially launched last week, forms a part of a wider 1.35 million sq ft development plan in phase two development at Thorpe Park Leeds.

As principal contractor, GMI Construction Group delivered the entire project in an 80-week phasing programme to coincide with a gas main diversion and civils work being carried out on adjacent plots.

The Springs is occupied by M&S Foodhall, H&M, Next, TK Maxx, Outfit, Boots and leisure brands including Nando’s, Gino D’Acampo’s My Restaurant and Pure Gym.

A 44,000 sq ft, 10-screen ODEON cinema is also due to open in Spring 2019, with other high street leisure and retail occupiers due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Simon Marshall, joint chief executive at Scarborough International Properties, said: “We were delighted to launch The Springs last week in partnership with a great team at GMI Construction.  

“With historical knowledge of the site, which wasn’t without its challenges, GMI has shown great tenacity and outstanding flexibility in accommodating the demands of the project and its many changes to deliver a project of exceptional quality that sets a precedent across the UK.

“GMI had also worked closely with our team to exceed our commitment to creating new jobs and inspiring careers for young people in the region.”

Gordon Aitchison, Director, head of transactions at LGIM Real Assets, added: “The Springs looked amazing on opening and my thanks have to go to the team at GMI Construction who worked tirelessly from start to finish.

“We were very clear from the start that we wanted The Springs to stand out as an out of town retail and leisure destination of the future and GMI have played a critical role in helping us achieve this vision.”

Andy Bruce, managing director of GMI Construction Group, said: “We are delighted to complete this project on budget and on time, despite the many challenges along the way, which included the diversion of a high-pressure gas main serving East Leeds.”