Built in the Victorian Era and designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, the striking Leeds Corn Exchange is only one of three remaining corn exchanges in England. However, nowadays, rather than trading in corn or other agricultural commodities, purchases are expected to take place with hard cash! Over the years the Corn Exchange or Beehive, as known by some (Well, just James Brady actually!) has undergone a series of improvements to restore it to its architectural splendour. In 1990, after years of gradual dilapidation and a reduction in trading, the Corn Exchange re-opened after a much needed overhaul, including a watertight roof! The Exchange evolved and a mixing pot of quirky, independent, shops soon opened, with an emphasis on alternative style, such as handmade jewellery and skater clothing. New staircases were installed to the opened up balcony and basement. The building was vibrant and thriving once again. Twenty years later, now under new ownership, the ‘upmarket’ Corn Exchange is home to the established Piazza restaurant by Anthony and other eateries, as well as a few independent swanky fashion shops. Although the use of the building may have been a contentious issue over recent years (proposals for a concert hall and an unsuccessful upmarket food emporium) the Corn Exchange remains a structure that is versatile and can adapt to modern day needs. Its’ grandeur is still very much alive. Thought for the day: A great architectural design can stand the test of time, provided it’s structure is preserved.