Global digital company relocates to Leeds city centre

2 Whitehall Quay

A pioneering provider of online technology designed to keep children safe in their digital lives, is set to relocate to the £2.25m recently upgraded 2 Whitehall Quay in Leeds city centre, in a bid to recruit the best talent and introduce greater hybrid working. 

The move by Smoothwall from its current location at Leeds Valley Park near Rothwell, was brokered by strategic property and construction advisors, Fox Lloyd Jones on behalf of the property owner – specialist UK Real Estate Asset Manager, CatellaAPAM (“APAM”).  

With Smoothwall operating in the education and public sector arena, the premium grade A accommodation ideally situated on the banks of the River Aire and within a two-minute walk of the train station, gives the business the perfect springboard to realise its vision for hybrid working and talent acquisition across the UK.  

To help support the company’s plans, Fox Lloyd Jones has negotiated a five-year lease for part of the second floor, 5,351 sq ft workspace, ahead of its move later this month.  

The deal represents the first letting by Fox Lloyd Jones and joint agents CBRE at 2 Whitehall Quay following the extensive recent upgrade of the building, which included refurbished floor plates, common parts and a complete redesign of the reception. Part second, fourth, fifth and sixth floors remain available totalling 43,229 sq ft.  

Gavin Logan, executive vice president for Smoothwall, said: “Our relocation to a beautiful building in the heart of the city centre is a major milestone for the business and gives us a strong foundation to grow, recruit the best digital talent and fully embrace hybrid working.

“With lots of green spaces nearby, it’s an environment that is conducive to intense focus and problem solving as well as creativity and collaboration. Being a global organisation, having strong transport links in the city was also key to our thinking.

“Every aspect of the move and having the right setting for our staff underpins our vision to keep children safe and well throughout their digital lives.”  

William Grenfell, senior asset manager at APAM, said: “2 Whitehall Quay is in a prime location by the river and canal towpath whilst also being only a couple of minutes’ walk from the railway station and city square.  

“The recent refurbishment of the building boasts many features including a striking double height glazed reception.  We are delighted to complete the letting to Smoothwall, a global digital company which has chosen the premises to support its talent and hybrid working strategy.”  

Harry Finney, senior surveyor at Fox Lloyd Jones, said: “The recent £2.25m refurbishment of 2 Whitehall Quay, coupled with its excellent location within 200m of Leeds train station and City Square, has resulted in significant interest in the building. I’m delighted a pioneering digital business such as Smoothwall can now call it home.” 

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