City centre offices usher in new era for data consultancy

A Leeds-based data consultancy is supporting its growth plans with a move to a new headquarters in the city centre.

Oakland Group is shifting to 5,620 sq ft of remodelled Grade A space at One East Parade. The office will accommodate over 100 staff and facilitate the company’s expansion.

The consultancy helps a wide range of companies access and use data more effectively. Its clients include Yorkshire Water, the Bank of England and the BBC.

Richard Corderoy, managing director, said: “It’s important that we provide our team with a workplace that is inspiring and helps them work efficiently.

“Our new headquarters on East Parade is designed to support hybrid working and collaboration.

“We have ambitious goals for Oakland Group, and we’ve created an office environment that will be essential to our future success.”

The office used a host of Yorkshire suppliers, including fabric weaved in Huddersfield and vintage items sourced from Pool Bank Vintage to support sustainability.

Sheffield visual artist Marcus Method has painted a large mural in the office to inspire employees. His art comes from graffiti roots and was influenced by his career as an architectural technologist.

The relocation and fit-out of the new site were supported by a grant from West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which also led to the creation of 10 new skilled technical positions.

Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, said: “We’re building a stronger, brighter West Yorkshire and supporting local businesses to innovate across the region.

“I am thrilled that our funding has enabled the expansion of Oakland Group’s offices here in Leeds city centre – creating new and highly skilled digital jobs.

“West Yorkshire is thriving in the digital world, and it’s great to see local businesses continue to grow, bringing in vital investment and boosting our local economy.”

The office has a multi-faith space and a range of meeting rooms and collaborative work zones. In addition, bike storage and a shower room are available.

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