Two key lettings announced at Leeds’ Kirkstall Forge development

Two companies are on the move into new offices after signing up for space at the Kirkstall Forge development in Leeds.

US firm Buildings IOT – which has its head office at Concord, California – is launching its first UK base in Number One Kirkstall Forge as part of its expansion plans, while Yorkshire company CPA Consulting Engineers, is relocating into the same building to accommodate future growth plans. Buildings IOT delivers software and services to improve the operational performance and reduce the environmental impact of buildings. It will be the partner of choice for Kirkstall Forge’s developers CEG for its new build developments.

The company is moving into a ‘let ready’ studio which provides fully furnished workspace, with modern kitchens, break-out and meeting areas. Mark Davenport, director UK and Europe for Buildings IOT, said: “The all-inclusive lease, and the fact we could move in, plug in, and start work immediately, was a huge bonus.

“As well as being instantly part of a fantastic business community, the studios offer a great opportunity to grow and expand on site as we roll out our adaptive building solutions across the UK, Europe and South Africa. We also benefit from all of the facilities at the Forge, from the railway station, Butlers café bar and business lounge, to the suite of meeting and conference facilities and the great concierge team.”

CPA Consulting Engineers, meanwhile, is a Leeds business which is growing and bosses said it was keen to expand into space designed to support collaboration, creativity and prioritise health and wellbeing. The business is taking a 14-desk studio on an all-inclusive five-year lease.

Simon Crabtree, director of CPA Consulting Engineers, said: “Our new office and the wider building setting promotes modern and flexible working, as well as our investment in the well-being of our team. It will continue to accommodate our long-term growth and has a fantastic woodland, riverside setting. Number One Kirkstall Forge is a modern, inspiring environment with a dedicated railway station offering easy access to Leeds in minutes, as well as connectivity to Bradford and onto locations across the UK, which is fantastic for our growing client base and colleagues alike.”

Three offices remain at Number One Kirkstall Forge – which was named the best UK Commercial Workplace by the British Council of Offices– including a fully fitted 10-desk studio, a ground floor suite with 70-desks, kitchens and meeting rooms and the first floor suite, which comes with a mezzanine gallery and additional working space for expansion. An on-site Life team is also available to all tenants along with use if its Life app, which allows users to book meeting rooms, arrange dry cleaning, organise events, bike maintenance or fitness classes.

Antonia Martin Wright, head of commercial development at CEG, said “We are delighted to welcome two new like-minded businesses to the thriving community here at Kirkstall Forge. It is a modern, inspiring environment designed to nurture smaller businesses as well as large corporates, with contemporary space, great onsite facilities and events, all of which can help to attract and retain staff.”

The £400m Kirkstall Forge scheme is set to become home to a thriving mixed-use community with up to 1,500 new homes, 300,000 sqft of offices and 100,000 sqft of retail, leisure and community space.

Original artice – https://business-live.co.uk/all-about/yorkshire-humber

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