Professional services business shifting to new base outside city centre

Global professional services firm, Aon, plans to relocate its advisory team in Leeds to a new office at South Central.

It has agreed a 10-year lease on the 4,500 sq ft office, which is on the first floor of the newly refurbished South Central building.

About 70 advisory colleagues will relocate from Aon’s Embankment office to the new site in January 2024.

South Central is a 75,338 sq ft office three miles south of Leeds city centre.

The building, which was acquired by Shelborn Asset Management for redevelopment in 2021, includes amenities such as a gym, showers, a café, bike stores, and 22 electric charging points.

Ted Winterbottom, programme, project and change manager for Aon in Leeds, said: “The advisory team is looking forward to starting 2024 with a move to their new South Central office.

“Our criteria, when seeking new premises, focused on sustainability, colleague wellbeing and a location that offered great transport links and easy access to Leeds city centre. South Central more than fulfilled our wish list.

“South Central’s numerous sustainable features and EPC:A rating is recognised in our Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) commitments, and the facilities it offers will support our colleagues’ wellbeing.

“The new office also aligns with Aon’s Smart Working strategy, providing colleagues with a flexible and collaborative working environment to deliver the best service for our clients.”

Aon was advised by agent CBRE and solicitor Heald Nickinson Solicitors.

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