Landmark office building reaches practical completion

A scheme to deliver a £10m office building in Leeds city centre has reached practical completion.

The property, built in 1989 and spanning seven floors, has been transformed by Opus North and FRE UK to provide 54,000 sq ft of Grade A office space.

The site was purchased through FRE UK’s opportunity fund, which recently completed its final close at £180m.

Andrew Duncan, managing director of Opus North, said: “We have created the post Covid-19 contemporary workspace in the heart of Leeds, where technology, open spaces, roof gardens, fresh air management, combined with an exemplary approach to customer service, ensuring that we are the best-in-class office product in the city.

“We have challenged our design team of market-leading consultants to innovate and think outside to box to ensure we’re not just ploughing the same old furrow and doing what’s been done before. We have embraced the current climate, rolled with the changes and now we are launching the future of the post-pandemic workplace.”

Chris Button, fund manager at FRE UK, said: “12 King Street not only brings much needed sustainable Grade A office space to the Leeds central business district, but it also demonstrates our commitment to delivering properties that are fit for the future, combining high quality finishes with cutting edge technology.”

Knight Frank in Leeds is marketing 12 King Street.

A number of Yorkshire professional services teams have worked on the renovation of 12 King Street, alongside Knight Frank and Fox Lloyd Jones, including architects DLA Design, quantity surveyors Gardiner & Theobald, engineers Curtins and M&E consultants MRB.

The main contractor was GMI Construction.