The revitalisation of Leeds’s former Clarence Dock site has taken another significant step forward.
Property consultancy WSB has been appointed as commercial agent for the site, now renamed Leeds Dock.
Leeds-based WSB will be responsible for finding tenants for 60,000 sq ft of workspace in the dock’s old Alea casino building, which is being transformed into a super-flexible ‘hub’ for creative, media and technology firms.
It will also seek businesses to fill 58,000 sq ft of waterside ground floor studio space.
News of the appointment comes just days after the Yorkshire Evening Post revealed plans to improve transport links between the dock and the rest of the city centre.
WSB partner Duncan Senior said: “The Leeds office market is showing continued signs of improvement following an unprecedented level of take up last year.
“With diminishing supply of office space Leeds Dock brings something entirely new to the city’s offer, a new urban campus and concept which will pioneer workplace design allowing occupiers to configure their own working environment in a way that works for them and allowing creative use of the dock side with informal working and meeting spaces which are an extension of the traditional office.”
Situated on the south-eastern outskirts of the city centre, the dock’s mix of leisure and retail facilities struggled to pull in visitors after its opening in 2008.
It was bought in 2012 by developer Allied London, which is aiming to establish the site as one of the UK’s most attractive ‘work and play’ spaces.
Tim Gee, asset manager for Allied London in Leeds, said: “WSB is the ideal partner for us, able to provide real on-the-ground contacts and local market knowledge that ideally complements our activity.
“We are being inundated with demand for our workspace building model in Manchester and Farringdon [in London], and our careful market research tells us there will be similar significant demand for this product in Leeds.
“We already have great interest, and I believe WSB will help us promote this offer, helping the city to strengthen its pitch to inward investors.
“Of all the potential partners, the team at WSB clearly grasped the exciting potential of the unique and special offer we have here at Leeds Dock.”