Leeds Corn Exchange is a Grade 1 listed building and city centre landmark positioned at the peak of Kirkgate. Designed by revered British architect Cuthbert Broderick, Leeds Corn Exchange opened its doors to corn traders in 1864. The dome design was based on that of the Bourse de commerce of Paris by François-Joseph Bélanger and François Brunet.
The Corn Exchange was acquired by the Rushbond Group in 2017, it is now just one of three corn exchanges in the country which operates in its traditional capacity as a centre for trade, albeit no longer for trading in corn! Part of the philosophy at Rushbond is to extract elements that give a place its identity such as the community and culture and draw them to the surface so that they continue to enrich our lives today and for the future.
Rushbond has already undertaken a programme of evolutionary improvements including a new external ramp, improving accessibility. The interiors have also been redecorated, a series of unique pieces of public art added and planning permission has now been granted for the creation of a new Kitchen Food Yard in the lower ground space to complement the mix of independent and independently-minded retailers.
For more information on The Corn Exchange visit www.leedscornexchange.co.uk.