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Kirkstall Forge: First office building 70% let

Another major tenant has been signed up at the first office building at the new multi-million pound Kirkstall Forge development.

The agreement with Zenith Vehicle Contracts means the new seven-storey building is now 70% let

Zenith originally agreed a deal to relocate its global headquarters to the new development in 2016 and Zenith subsequently acquired Contract Vehicle Holdings earlier this year.

They will now relocate both companies into a total of 63,000 sq ft of space over the top four floors of Number One Kirkstall Forge, benefitting from a roof level meeting room suite offering views across the valley. There’s no word yet on how many jobs the move will create.

Kirkstall Forge developers CEG will also move its northern office into 10,000 sq ft of the ground floor alongside a new bar/restaurant, meeting and event space which open later this year.

Jon Kenny, development director of CEG, said:

“The commitment from Zenith and the opening of the new railway station have helped to kick-start Kirkstall Forge’s renaissance. At this first flagship office development, we have pushed the benchmark in terms of design, quality, flexibility and efficiency, and we have successfully secured one of the most significant pre-lets of this nature in Leeds in the last decade.”

Tim Buchan, chief executive officer of Zenith said:

“Kirkstall Forge is another milestone in Zenith’s history and its location presents an opportunity to draw on the highly talented resources from within the North of England and establish a best-in-class headquarters for our future growth.”

CEG is managing the development of the 57-acre Kirkstall Forge scheme which is set to become home to a thriving mixed-use community in a unique wooded, riverside setting. Ultimately it will comprise of 1,050 new homes, 300,000 sq ft of offices and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space.

CEG, Wates Construction, Leeds College of Building are also running the Forging Futures Campus on-site, which is providing vocational training in a live construction environment. This is helping to deliver the next generation of architects, tradespeople, developers and engineers.


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