Global property consultancy Knight Frank has brokered one of the most significant office deals in Leeds this year.
The Leeds office agency team of Knight Frank, led by partner Eamon Fox, has let 15,500 sq ft of Grade A office space at 26 Whitehall Road.
Leading engineering, management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald has taken a 10-year-lease on the fifth floor of the building, which is owned by Credit Suisse Asset Management.
Eamon Fox, who advised Credit Suisse Asset Management, commented: “This is a very significant deal, underlining the fact that 26 Whitehall Road is one of the finest office buildings in the city. It already boasts some high-profile occupiers, including Yorkshire Post Newspapers, global consumer finance business International Personal Finance (IPF), energy company Engie (formerly GDF Suez) and Sky.
“These occupiers underpin the quality of 26 Whitehall Road and its excellent location. It has an enviable combination of low running costs, high-tech features, quality design and superb office space. It is also one of the most energy efficient buildings in Leeds and has recently been refurbished.
“This deal, one of the largest of the last three months, also emphasises the strength of the Leeds office market, which has proved remarkably resilient in the face of the challenging economic climate.”
Lisa Littlefair, Leeds City Lead for Mott MacDonald, said: “Following the continued growth of our business as we deliver work across West Yorkshire and nationally, we’re pleased to be expanding our base in Leeds city centre. Being in the business district of the city, between Temple Quarter and Wellington Place, our new office will continue to benefit our staff with excellent local facilities and good travel connections, whilst also offering a contemporary space that fosters a spirit of collaboration and creativity.”
26 Whitehall Road is a prestigious 122,000 sq ft office space located at the heart of the Leeds city centre, the UK’s largest centre for business, legal and financial services outside London. Situated just nine minutes’ walk from Leeds train station, the building is rated as BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and enjoys some of the most up-to-date security features on the market.
The offices also boast a tranquil riverside setting and are ideally positioned for the popular running and cycling routes by the nearby canal, perfect for staff who like to keep active.