PWC to Anchor Leeds landmark Central Square developmentPrint news article
Walker Morris lawyers advise PWC on major relocation
PWC has become the latest professional services firm to confirm its commitment to Leeds after signing a 15-year lease to be the anchor tenant of the new £100 million central square city centre development.
The Big Four accountancy firm is moving its 700 staff from its current office in Benson House into 55,000 sq ft over two floors at the Central Square development between Whitehall Road and Wellington Street.
A team of specialist real estate and construction lawyers from Walker Morris advised PWC led by Tom Peel.
Arif Ahmad, PwC’s senior office partner in Leeds, said:
“Central Square will be the city’s most iconic building. The modern design, location, retail and leisure facilities, as well as the Sky Garden, will provide a first class working environment for our people, and will be somewhere we are proud to welcome clients.”
Ian Morrison, PwC’s Yorkshire and North East regional leader, added:
“We are very proud to be anchoring this significant development in Leeds. The city is undoubtedly more optimistic than a couple of years ago and with cranes in the skyline there is definitely a revival in development, with Central Square kick starting investment in the west of the city.”
The 11-storey development has been on site for a year and its developers Marrico Asset Management say the build is ahead of schedule, with it due to be finished in summer 2016.
Last year Walker Morris reaffirmed its commitment to the region by investing in a radical redesign of its office on King Street, Leeds. At the time the refurbishment was the largest in the city for five years and saw a transformation of all areas of the firm’s Kings Court premises including major renovation works to the ground floor reception areas and conference suites.