Wellington Place has beaten off the competition to bring the government’s line of state-of-the-art regional hubs to Leeds.
Leeds has just bagged one hell of a deal, as developer and asset manager MEPC has officially confirmed that the Government is bringing its new regional hub to Wellington Place. The new 378,000 square foot build is the biggest ever office pre-let on record in Leeds and will house 6,000 civil servants when it opens in 2020.
“This is the largest office pre-let in Leeds ever and a major economic boost for the city. The biggest up until now had been the 374,000 sq. ft. letting to the Government at Quarry House which heralded the arrival of various government departments, some from London, over 20 years ago,” Jeff Pearey, the Director of JLL who advised the Cabinet Office told us. “As well as constituting the largest first phase acquisition of all of the regional government hubs completed so far, this property deal bolsters and reinforces the long term potential of Leeds’ West End.”
This is a big deal for Wellington Place – in fact, it’ll take their business community up to nearly 10,000, making it one of the biggest in the region, but they’re not the only ones who will benefit. It’s a massive vote of confidence in Leeds, proving something that we’ve known for a very long time – that we’re not only at the centre of the city region, but also a key player in the Northern Powerhouse.
It’s also going to have a positive impact on the economy. One of the reasons the Government is creating these regional hubs is to help create a catalyst for growth, and we’ll see that here. Thousands of jobs will be brought into the city when HM Revenue and Customs take up their 25-year lease at Wellington Place, where they’ll be operating one of their 13 regional centres, and they’ll be joined by NHS Digital.
“As one of Leeds’ major employers, it is an opportunity for greater consolidation of our Leeds estate when completed and will enable us at NHS Digital to build on our existing strong relationships with the wider NHS and government departments,” Chief Executive of NHS Digital, Sarah Wilkinson, explained. “Over the past few years, Leeds has established itself as the major digital city in England with a thriving technology sector, which NHS Digital is proud to be a part of. The work NHS Digital does here in Leeds affects the lives of everyone in the country. Being part of the Government Hubs programme in Leeds is a great opportunity to work in partnership with both national and local organisations.”
Workers at the new government hub, which will be one of 18-22 strategic hubs across the UK, will be in for a treat. Not only will they have high profile neighbours like Sky Betting & Gaming, Willis Towers Watson, Squire Patton Boggs and Shulmans LLP, but they’ll also find themselves at the heart of a thriving business community, where health and well-being is a real priority. The Government couldn’t have picked a better place.
“The Government’s decision to locate at Wellington Place, in the heart of Leeds, is great news for the city as it maintains its evolution as a key northern location for business. We are proud to be a part of its sustained development and can’t wait to see what the future holds,” James Dipple, Chief Executive of MEPC, told us. “This is an exciting time for Wellington Place and we are thrilled to be chosen as the home for the new regional government hub. We look forward to welcoming our new occupiers to join our existing portfolio and, we believe, they will fit seamlessly into the well-established and active public realm at Wellington Place.”