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Seacroft Civic Centre


Subject ID:
20031028_55697268
Location:
Seacroft
Subject Year:
1964
Class number:
D LIHO Seacroft (1)
Seacroft Civic Centre
Description:
7th June 1964. This was the first large scale shopping and civic centre development serving a large area to the outskirts of the City. In the early 1960s Seacroft had a population of around 40,000. The centre was to be on a 10 acre site, with access from the Ring Road, to attract people from Horsforth, Alwoodley, Moortown, Lawnswood etc. Surrounding villages of Barwick, Thorner, Garforth and East Keswick were also within easy reach. Seacroft would be well served by public transport from Leeds with special services to the centre for those tempted by out-of-town shopping. It was planned to include the following facilities in the development: 71 shops, 60 maisonettes, 4 large stores, office blocks, banks, restaurants, estate office and pub. Also sites for a library, bowling alley, health centre, market and two underground car-parks. The centre was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on Friday 22nd October 1965. In 1993 a multi-million redevelopment scheme was agreed to modernise the centre. In this view construction is underway, builders were Richard Costain Ltd, the cost was 1.25 million pounds.

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