Iconic Leeds offices opening for business today

PROUD: Arif Ahmad has led the development from day one. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
PROUD: Arif Ahmad has led the development from day one. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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The iconic Central Square development in Leeds city centre officially opens its doors today.

Accountancy giant PwC officially moves its 700 staff over to the striking Wellington Road building, one of the most modern buildings in Yorkshire.

Three years in the making, it features state-of-the-art technology throughout and is based around an iconic central atrium that includes a light installation to illuminate the city at night.

As well as housing businesses it will be home to several retailers, with a Cafe Nero also opening today and a food outlet for Marks & Spencer’s and restaurants to follow suit in the ensuing months.

The move is a historic one for PwC who had previously been based in nearby Benson House for 20 years.

The developers of Central Square pro-actively approached PwC to become the principal tenants of the building and the firm’s senior management have been extensively involved in the development of the site.

Senior office partner Arif Ahmad has led the relocation.

He told the YEP: “We knew the lease was coming up in 2016 and were looking at options. The prospective owners of the Central Square site wanted to acquire Leeds most iconic building and have PwC as anchor tenants.

“We worked closely with them and they were true to their word, I genuinely think is Leeds’s most iconic building. Benson House served us well but the time was right for us to move and to come into the 21st century.

“This will be the best equipped PwC office in the country, and I am proud to have that in Leeds.”

The new offices are set to impose a significant culture change within the business, with partners moving out of their offices and onto the floor.

With a main outside terrace to the front of the building adjacent to the client suite, and a number of other open terraces around the building, staff and visitors have the opportunity to work outside or just simply enjoy the Leeds skyline.

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Raj Takhar preparing to launch.

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