Listed Leeds City Council buildings to be sold



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THREE council-owned listed buildings in Leeds city centre are set to go up for sale.

Leeds City Council staff are set to move out of The Leonardo Building and Thoresby House, both on Rossington Street, and 2 Great George Street.

Staff will be moved to Leeds City Council’s new state-of-the-art hub at Merrion House.

All three listed buildings will be advertised for sale, with staff continuing to work there until Merrion House is ready to occupy in 2018.

The council’s city development team is currently housed in the Leonardo Building and Thoresby, with housing officers also working in Thoresby. Customer services, registrars, and community safety currently work in 2 Great George Street.

The buildings are authorised for office use, but could be suitable for a hotel, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues.

Once staff have relocated from the buildings, the newly refurbished Merrion House will then become the main base in the city centre, with Leeds Civic Hall, Enterprise House and St George’s House also retained.

Council chiefs say the move will save £15m.

Coun James Lewis, said: “By relocating staff to a newly-refurbished base we will be putting in place an efficient, robust way of working which will benefit all our customers in 
the future.”

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