The digital revolution in Leeds is making its presence felt in the world of office development.
Property consultancy Knight Frank says schemes such as the ongoing £1.5m refurbishment of the Concordia Works building in Sovereign Street in the city centre have been influenced by the needs of the digital, technology and media sector.
Eamon Fox, partner and head of office agency at Knight Frank Leeds, said: “The newest generation of workers expect their office to be an inspiring and enjoyable place to work.
“Historically the preserve of technology and media firms, the new ideal office combines collaborative spaces with individual work areas, as well as providing amenities that encourage people to think of work as an extension of home.”
Concordia Works is a former yarn and cord warehouse that is being turned into five floors of open plan office space by London-based developer Boultbee Brooks.
“The refurbishment, which will be completed this September, is a fusion of original features and modern design, creating a dynamic hi-spec loft-style workspace,” said Mr Fox.
“The interior design respects the integrity of the warehouse’s industrial past. Exposed brickwork, trusses and cast iron columns will play a major part in the building’s new look.
“The result is five floors, ranging from 2,132 sq ft to 3,040 sq ft, of exceptional and adaptable open plan office space, offering a contemporary working environment for dynamic and creative businesses.”
Mr Fox added: “The impact of advancements in technology on the property market is likely to be significant as the requirements of a multitude of sectors including logistics, retail, healthcare and more shift as innovative, ways of working and living are embraced.”
The Yorkshire Evening Post recently launched Digital City, a new platform celebrating the success of a sector that supports around 70,000 jobs across the Leeds city region.