Education provider relocates campus to help create future business leaders

Credit: Bevan Cockerill

Global Banking School (GBS), part of Global Education (GEDU), has moved into its new Leeds campus at MEPC’s urban quarter, Wellington Place.

The higher education provider has completed its move from its previous, smaller base at St George House Campus to 1 Wellington Place, where it has taken the entire four-storey building comprising 26,000 sq ft of space.

GBS delivers vocational, undergraduate, and postgraduate programmes across a range of industries including finance, accounting, business, construction, tourism and healthcare.

It has 10 campuses across London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds, with its Leeds location opening in 2022.

It now has a total of over 30,000 students across the UK, with further campuses in Dubai and Malta.

GBS says it is relocating to improve its student experience, including through higher-quality learning spaces, better transport links, proximity to food and drink outlets and inspiring outdoor spaces.

Previously office space, 1 Wellington Place received approval for change of use as a training facility in November 2023.

The new space includes classrooms, with upgraded technology features including floor box charging, IT suites and student support services, and dining facilities.

James Kennedy, deputy CEO of GBS, said: “Studying in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility, located alongside leading businesses within professional services, finance, and more, gives our students unparalleled collaborative opportunities to launch their careers to new heights.

“At GBS, we’re committed to providing the highest quality of education to all our students, regardless of where they choose to study, so ensuring they all have access to the best possible learning locations right across the UK is critical.

“This is a prime location, with links to public transport, car parking, bike storage and is located just off major roads including the A1, M1 and M62, making it easier than ever for our Leeds students to commute each day.”

Paul Pavia, head of development at Federated Hermes MEPC, the developer and asset manager behind Wellington Place, said: “Wellington Place has firmly established itself as an outstanding business hub in Leeds city centre.

“We’re now excited to expand on this success by being home to such a well-regarded higher education provider.

“GBS is helping to develop the business leaders of the future, many of which could potentially remain at Wellington Place amongst the leading organisations based here.”

The agent letting for Wellington Place was Savills.