Jobs to be created at famous Victorian building in heart of Leeds

JOBS are set to be created in a famous Victorian building in the heart of Leeds.

Friday, 21st August 2020, 7:30 am
Updated Friday, 21st August 2020, 7:36 am
(from left) Alison Guggenheim, Tom Almas, John Guggenheim and Natasha Babar-Evans

The flexible workspace provider Wizu Workspace has expanded its Yorkshire footprint after investing in the purchase and refurbishment of the Grade II listed building, 46 Park Place.

The investment will see the historic building undergo a complete transformation to become a design-led flexible workspace.

Together with Kudos Interior Design, Wizu will transform the unoccupied building to turn it into a workspace comprising 8,000 sq ft of boutique style interiors.

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Tom Almas, the CEO at Wizu Workspace said: “46 Park Place is in one of the most premium parts of central Leeds and is part of a thriving part of the city, so we couldn’t wait to invest in its future.

“The building has so much potential to be a thriving work space supporting businesses across the city”

“Leeds is such a beautiful city with so many hidden gems. What we are trying to do at each of our work spaces is complement that history and accentuate each building’s natural features through our design.”

46 Park Place dates from 1870 when, together with number 42 and 44, it was run as a warehouse. It later became premises for the boot and shoe manufacturer Scales & Sons.

A spokesman said: "The building will now become home to businesses of all sizes and entrepreneurs from across Yorkshire and beyond, contributing to the economy in Leeds."

Natasha Babar Evans, COO at Wizu Workspace added: “Since first investing in the future of Leeds in 2016, we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing individuals and SMEs grow within our workspaces.

“We recognised the increased demand for flexible working that the COVID-19 pandemic brought about and felt there was an opportunity to create a new space that also appealed to some of the larger businesses who were making changes to their working model.

“Park Place felt like the perfect building to do this given its premium location, exterior elegance and sophisticated interior design scheme.”

Wizu Workspace, which has six locations across the North of England, provides high specification private offices, co-working spaces and meeting rooms that are designed to uplift and inspire creativity.

A spokesman said: "46 Park Place is set to open in September and Wizu hope it signals positive faith in the economy of Leeds despite the difficulties caused to businesses by the COVID-19 pandemic."