The Corn Exchange is one of several buildings in Leeds designed by the Architect Cuthbert Brodrick, and is a fine example of Victorian Architecture dating from 1863. The building was given
Grade I listed status in 1951.
The Corn Exchange once functioned as a centre for trading corn, wheat, barley, hops, peas, beans, seeds, oil cake and flour. However due to the decline in the agricultural industry, the building deteriorated. In 1990 the building opened as an independent shopping centre and in 2006 the owners, at that time, refurbished the interior, opening up the lower ground floor. The building has been an active retail centre since 1990, yet since 2013 the lower ground floor has been vacant due to the closure of Anthony’s restaurant.
The proposed development carried out by seven involved sensitive modifications to improve accessibility throughout and to undertake works to enable the lower ground floor area to be brought back into reuse as a food court which encourages local artisan food traders.