Designers get a good Platform at redeveloped building in Leeds city centre

Dan Akers, Simon Edwards and Sophie Bartlett from LightStart.
Dan Akers, Simon Edwards and Sophie Bartlett from LightStart.

Leeds city centre’s new Platform development – complete with three-storey tech ‘incubator’ – will have its official opening on November 23, it has been announced.

The first tech business to sign a deal to move into the site was digital design house LightStart.

Established just over a year ago, the company specialises in building digital products, including mobile apps and web apps.

LightStart founder Simon Edwards said: “We are very excited to be the first tech business moving into Platform.

“There is a lot of buzz about the building throughout the city and it will be a great place from which to grow the business.

“We are looking forward to meeting and working with the other residents in what will be one of the most vibrant business communities in Leeds.”

Platform is property company Bruntwood’s redevelopment of the old City House building above Leeds City Station.

The company’s tech incubator project at the 13-storey site was awarded £2m earlier this year by a Leeds City Council-run fund supporting the local digital sector.

Bruntwood Leeds director Craig Burrow said he was “delighted” to welcome LightStart to Platform.

The Yorkshire Evening Post runs a regular Digital City column in partnership with Sky Betting & Gaming.

The platform aims to highlight the giant strides being made by a sector that boasts around 3,000 organisations in Leeds.