White Rose Centre

The White Rose Centre is a shopping centre in the Beeston area of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.[1][2][3] It spans two floors and is near the M621 motorway. It takes its name from the White Rose of York, the traditional symbol of Yorkshire. The Upper Level houses the centre's food court as well as retail outlets. The centre has 4,800 free car parking spaces, security and on-site Police officers. Although the centre is smaller than other out-of-town shopping centres, it has attracted large retailers such as Next and Marks and Spencer.

The centre opened on 25 March 1997 and accommodates major tenants including Sainsbury's, Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Next, W H Smith, Topshop, Primark, Zara, H&M, and over 100 other stores and services.

The south part of the centre was re-developed in 2005 downsizing the Sainsbury's Savacentre to a regular Sainsbury's which made space for other units.

The centre has a bus station connecting it to suburban areas of Leeds and to the city centre.

To coincide with its tenth year of trading the White Rose Centre was rebranded. Its logo, advertising, signage and staff uniforms were redesigned. The branding and strategic marketing campaign won a BCSC Purple Apple award.

The centre is managed and mainly by Land Securities and Evans of Leeds. It has also won awards including a British Council of Shopping Centre's (BCSC) Gold Award, BCSC Purple apple, and Green apple awards.

White Rose Shopping Centre
White Rose Shopping Centre entrance
One White Rose Centre Entrance
LocationDewsbury Road, Beeston, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. LS11 8LU
Opening date25 March 1997
OwnerLand Securities
No. of stores and services124
No. of anchor tenants2
Total retail floor area765,000 sq ft (71,100 m2)
No. of floors2
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Looking down onto the ground floor
White Rose Centre precinct
Ground floor in the White Rose Centre
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The Upper Circle Food Court


The site covers 76 acres (310,000 m2) and was formerly the Morley Sewage works. Before building work began in 1995, enabling works including removing the sewage works, sealing disused mine shafts, removing contaminated soil and profiling the sloping site, were carried out. It required moving 750,000 cubic metres of soil to grade a 30-metre fall across the site and create level terraces for the structure and car parks. Work commenced on the 87-week project on 10 July 1995 and by September the first steelwork was visible. 600 semi-mature, seven metre high trees were purchased from Germany and planted in the car park to provide landscaping. Five thousand trees and shrubs have been planted around the car parks and perimeter roads.


The Balcony Food Court takes up most of the upper floor in the central atrium. It includes McDonald's, KFC, Subway, Spud-u-like, Bagel Nash, Juice Nando's, Frankie & Benny's and Pizza Express plus a number of other food outlets.

The Balcony leads to a newly constructed area of the centre known as The Village. This includes further eateries namely Pizza Hut, Five Guys, Limeyard, Wagamama, Chiquito and TGI Friday's.


The White Rose Centre is involved in a number of social welfare activities in the local area.[4] older people are able to participate in mall walking within the covered environment. It houses the White Rose Learning Centre run in conjunction with Education Leeds and Leeds City College[5] to provide dance classes and other educational activities for children at risk of exclusion from school in an informal environment. The Quiet Room in the Upper Circle is available for use by all patrons and staff during the Centre opening hours.


One criticism of the centre is the width of the malls which are narrow. Another criticism is the lack of a railway station, despite the centre's proximity to the Huddersfield and Wakefield railway lines, but plans to add a station have been developed.[6]


In 2017 a 65,000 square feet (6,000 m2) £25 million extension was completed and named 'The Village'. It included an 11 screen IMAX Cineworld Cinema, and new restaurants, Pizza Hut, Chiquito, Wagamama, Five Guys, Limeyard and TGI Friday's.[7][8] A children's outdoor play area opened in 'The Village' in 2018.[8]


  1. ^ "Getting to White Rose - Parking, Directions & Public Transport". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  2. ^ "White Rose Centre - Land Securities Retail". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.pilkingtons.com/pilk/index.php?page=studywhiterose. Retrieved 19 April 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Community - White Rose Centre - Corporate Responsibility". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  5. ^ "White Rose Learning Centre - Education Leeds". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  6. ^ "New stations at airport and White Rose in Leeds' £270m transport shake-up". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Leisure boost for White Rose". Yorkshire Evening Post. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b "New outdoor children's play area unveiled in £25m extension to White Rose". Yorkshire Evening Post. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.

External links

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Coordinates: 53°45′27″N 1°34′27″W / 53.75750°N 1.57417°W

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List of shopping centres in the United Kingdom

This is a list of shopping centres in the United Kingdom. This list does not include retail parks.

List of shopping centres in the United Kingdom by size

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Out-of-town shopping centres in the United Kingdom

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Trinity Leeds

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West Yorkshire

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Remnants of strong coal, wool and iron ore industries remain in the county, having attracted people over the centuries, and this can be seen in the buildings and architecture. Leeds may become a terminus for a north-east limb of High Speed 2. Major railways and two major motorways traverse the county. In the heart of the county is Leeds Bradford International Airport.West Yorkshire County Council was abolished in 1986 so its five districts became effectively unitary authorities. However, the metropolitan county, which covers an area of 2,029 square kilometres (783 sq mi), continues to exist in law, and as a geographic frame of reference. Since 1 April 2014 West Yorkshire has been a combined authority area, with the local authorities pooling together some functions over transport and regeneration as the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

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White Rose railway station

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