TOPPING DISPLAY: Office development moves closer to completion

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The first major new office development in Leeds city centre since the financial crash of 2008 has taken a big step towards completion.

A topping out ceremony was held to mark the laying of the final brick at Number 10 Wellington Place, a 35,000 sq. ft. development in Leeds’ West End.

The final brick was taken from the original railway station, which was based at the site for 120 years, until 1967.

Work began on the site in April and is due for completion in February 2014.

The building, which has been delivered by Shepherd Construction, has generated significant interest. Commercial law firm, Shulmans, has been confirmed as the first occupier to make the building its home.

Shulmans will be moving into 15,000 sq ft of office space, across two floors of the development.

Rick de Blaby, chief executive of MEPC, the property development and management firm behind Wellington Place, said: “Laying the final brick is an important milestone in any building’s history. We are looking forward to the next stage of fitting Number 10 Wellington Place out with top of the range amenities. This building is just the first step in our plans to create a five star destination in the heart of the city.”

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