Leeds is the UK’s largest centre for financial and professional business services outside London and one of the country’s leading business locations.
The city’s office market has been judged the best in Europe for value. Leeds also scores highly for access to markets, low cost and availability of qualified staff.
These are all key factors when it comes to deciding where to locate a business and just some of the reasons why Leeds continues to attract companies looking to expand, reduce costs and develop new markets.
Heading the list of new office developments are The Mint and No1Leeds. Both grade A schemes have been built to the highest environmental standards and can accommodate large corporate or regional headquarters requirements.
Broad Gate, the former department store, sits proudly in the centre of Leeds, and has been completely refurbished by developer Highcross. Its large floor plates of up to 40,000 sq ft and smaller boutique office suites enjoy panoramic views of the city centre.
Toronto Square, just two minutes from Leeds City Station, is proving popular with new occupiers including corporate advisory firm Zolfo Cooper, the first to move into the BREEAM excellent rated building.
The trend towards high specification refurbished space has also seen the transformation of 10 South Parade. Located in the city’s central business district, the building has been remodelled with a combination of style and heritage.
21 Queen Street was also extensively refurbished and extended to provide almost 25,000 sq ft of grade A office accommodation in the central business district, and completed in Spring 2012.
Bruntwood, which specialises in high quality office accommodation and owns West One, recently added to its Leeds office portfolio by acquiring the landmark City House. The 12 storey office building will benefit from major investment, providing Grade A office space on flexible terms for businesses of all sizes.
Meanwhile, MEPC has submitted planning applications in readiness for future development at Wellington Place. It’s the largest development site within West End Leeds and has ambitions to become one of the UK’s premier business locations.