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New leases for prominent businesses on the Round Foundry estate

KBW offices. Picture by Jonny Carr

Two of the longest-term commercial tenants on the Round Foundry estate in Holbeck have renewed their leases. Barristers Chambers Kings Bench Walk [KBW] and regional tourism agency, Welcome to Yorkshire, have committed to Leeds’s award-winning creative neighbourhood for years to come.

Following  ten years’ success in The Engine House – the same building where Matthew Murray built the world’s first commercially successful steam engine – the respected Barristers Chambers has signed a new five-year lease with agents Creative Space Management on the 3,471 sq ft office which is located at No 1 Foundry Square.

Established in 1954 on the street of the same name in Temple, London, KBW opened a satellite office in Park Square, Leeds in 1982 which expanded significantly in 2004 when the whole administration team moved from London to Leeds.

When Welcome to Yorkshire was founded in 2009, Sir Gary Verity chose 5,375 sq ft of office space in the Listed building Dry Sand Foundry for the new headquarters.  The game-changing tourism body has committed to a new ten-year lease at the Foundry Square headquarters which has impressed visitors to Welcome to Yorkshire from all over the world.

Creative Space Management agreed the lease, who are joint agents on the scheme with Knight Frank.

Peter Dodd, commercial director from Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We feel very fortunate to be here, it’s a dynamic area with lots of other ambitious and creative companies on the doorstep creating a vibrant community.

“We have visitors from all over the world and everybody who walks into the building just goes ‘wow’ which is fantastic for us to hear and so there was no real question of us wanting to move anywhere else.”

Paul Taylor, Creative Space Management, said: “This was one of the first areas in Leeds to be developed for creative and digital businesses, by repurposing Listed mill buildings for the needs of today’s workplace.

“The Round Foundry and Marshalls Mill complex consistently has been a sought-after location for start-ups and companies keen to be at the heart of an entrepreneurial community, alongside like-minded businesses and a network of independent food and drink retailers.”

 

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