New Leeds co-working space with rooftop bar and secret garden to open next week

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A trendy new office complex with its own rooftop bar and secret garden is set to open in Leeds.

Avenue HQ, which provides co-working space for freelancers, is opening a new site in a Grade II-listed building on East Parade on October 8.

The exterior of Avenue HQ on East Parade

The exterior of Avenue HQ on East Parade

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There are 35 private offices and 300 co-working stations.

The building is also home to East Parade Social - a bar and restaurant with its own roof terrace, coffee shop and secret garden which is open to the general public.

Avenue HQ already has a similar site in Liverpool and the Leeds space is its second. It was originally due to open in August.

Shared work spaces - where individuals rent a desk and have access to office and social facilities - are already popular in London and the sector is now growing in regional cities.

The East Parade Social bar and restaurant

The East Parade Social bar and restaurant

Avenue HQ's CEO Matthew Kennedy said:

“People want a lifestyle, it’s not just 9-5 working anymore, and that’s what Avenue HQ offers. A lot of small businesses fail due to social isolation, our approach to co-working and community combats this directly.

“This type of working is the future and we encourage anyone who’s been thinking about changing their approach to work-life balance to come and check out the space during Leeds Business Week.”

East Parade Social is open to tenants and the public from 8am-11pm, Sunday - Thursday and 9am - midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

The bar will be open to the public

The bar will be open to the public