'Best shopping centre' IN THE WORLD: Leeds's Victoria Gate wins international award

Leeds's Victoria Gate shopping centre has been named as the best in the world at a prestigious international awards ceremony in France.

Victoria Gate shopping centre, Leeds.

The £165m development, in the city centre, opened in 2016 and features a flagship John Lewis store, casino and diamond-shaped cladding on the outside frame.

Tonight (Thursday) it was named as Best Shopping Centre at the MIPIM Awards 2017 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

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MIPIM is a four-day international property event, held in March every year, which includes exhibitions, conferences and awards.

Organisers said on Twitter: "Jolly good show! Best Shopping Centre: Victoria Gate (UK)."

The shopping centre was developed by Hammerson Plc, alongside architect firm Acme London.

After receiving the award, Hammerson said on Twitter: "Delighted that @VictoriaLeeds_ has won the prestigious MIPIM Award for Best Shopping Centre! Well done to the team and @acme_london"

Crowds of shoppers and families packed into Leeds city centre near George Street for the official opening of the shopping centre in October last year.

Victoria Gate shopping centre, Leeds.
Victoria Gate shopping centre, Leeds.