14th March 2019
Walker Morris’ new flagship premises were awarded the ‘Editor’s Deal of the Year’ at the CoStar Awards.
The region’s real estate community gathered at the annual CoStar Awards which recognise and celebrate the performance of the UK’s top commercial property professionals.
Walker Morris will move into the 76,000 sq ft Grade A office space at 33 Wellington street in summer 2019 – a move that will be the largest professional services relocation in the city for almost 15 years.
The premises at 33 Wellington Street are already undergoing a comprehensive refurbishment and renovation program to transform the look and feel of the building and to provide a premium working environment for its 450 employees.
Managing Partner, Malcolm Simpson commented:
“It is a very exciting time for the firm and we are all looking forward to the new ways of working that the building will make available to us. The move will be a fantastic opportunity to have a great working environment which fits with our brand as a preeminent and distinctive law firm. It’s great to see the progress that has been made so far and delighted to see the building and all the parties involved recognised in these awards.”
The property, which was bought by Knight Frank Investment Management for Lancashire County Council Pension Fund from MEPC in 2010 for £20 million, was occupied by PWC for 20 years before PWC moved to new headquarters in the city at Central Square in October 2016.
Walker Morris was advised by Fox Lloyd Jones. Paul Fox commented:
“As well as being the biggest professional relocation in Leeds in over a decade, this move delivers Walker Morris a rarely available self-contained HQ building off market, and has also enabled our team to input and influence the design and layout of the building to be delivered, which makes it feel bespoke and unique.”
See a short video of the latest progress here: