Stewarts Law, which is based in London and Leeds, now occupy 17,000 sq ft at the flagship Grade A office building in the heart of Leeds.
The striking building comprises 68,230 sq ft of top-quality office space, following a comprehensive multi-million pound refurbishment by Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets (LGIM Real Assets).
As a result of the significant revamp of the building, 9 Bond Court has proved very popular with occupiers, with the building currently let to a number of professional firms including Knight Frank, Redmayne-Bentley, Lambert Smith Hampton and RSA.
Will Edwards, fund manager at LGIM Real Assets, said: “Following LGIM Real Assets’ repositioning of this asset we have completed a series of new lettings, of which Stewarts Law is the latest. To have secured another high-quality tenant is testament to our asset managers’ ability to rework our assets to achieve significant lettings activity.”
Elizabeth Ridler, partner with Knight Frank in Leeds, who brokered the deal, said: “This extensive refurbishment, which featured substantial interior and exterior work, has transformed 9 Bond Court into one of the finest central office buildings in the city. It was already impressive, with its height dominating the central Leeds cityscape, but it has now become a statement building both inside and out.
“As a result of the letting to Stewarts Law, who now occupy the eighth, nine and top floors of 9 Bond Court, there are only the first and fifth floors still to let, with 4,100 sq ft on the first floor now under offer. The interest in the building is a resounding endorsement not only of its superb refurbishment but also the building’s prime location.
“This refurbishment of 9 Bond Court complements perfectly the renaissance of the Bond Court area in the heart of the city. With the new state-of-the-art four-star Dakota Hotel replacing the brutalist Greek Street car park, and both Minerva and Capitol being upgraded, this area, once an ugly duckling, has become the new heart of the professional core in Leeds.”
Patrick Carter, associate director at Savills Leeds, said: “There is a lack of good quality Grade A stock in Leeds and this extensive refurbishment work gives 9 Bond Court a new exciting new lease of life and has helped us target new occupiers.”
Daniel Herman, head of Stewarts Law Leeds office, said: “We are pleased to have been able to take a third floor at 9 Bond Court. The additional space will enable us to expand our existing teams in commercial disputes, divorce, clinical negligence and personal injury. It also offers us the potential to launch new practice areas in Leeds, in line with our strategy to remain the UK’s largest litigation-only law firm.”
Knight Frank and Savills are the joint marketing agents for 9 Bond Court, which is owned by a Jersey-based investment fund. JLL advised Stewarts Law in respect of the transaction.