Catella APAM (“APAM”) completes £2.25m refurbishment of prominent Leeds office building

Posted on Sep 29, 2021 by Kennady Smith

Specialist UK Real Estate Asset Manager, APAM, has completed a comprehensive £2.25m upgrade of 2 Whitehall Quay in Leeds city centre.

With the support of TP Bennett architecture, the second, fifth and sixth floors, totalling around 36,000 square feet have been extensively refurbished, as well as a complete redesign of the reception and common parts.

The refurbishment has placed a major emphasis on both quality, health and wellbeing as city centre employees return to a new way of working. As well as a coffee station in reception, there is a breakout area and an external terrace which will be suitable for informal meetings and lunches.

For those wishing to cycle to work or exercise at lunchtime, the building now provides storage for more than 60 bikes and a repair station. It also has ten showers, with a large drying room, 60 designated lockers and a towel service.

In addition, to drive the green agenda further, there are electric charging points for vehicles in the secure basement car park.

The building is being marketed jointly by Fox Lloyd Jones and CBRE who have reported that there is advanced interest from companies wanting to take space within the building.

Work is now scheduled to refurbish the fourth floor which will be ready early next year.

Speaking about the transformation, William Grenfell, Senior Asset Manager at APAM, said,

“Having completed the cutting-edge refurbishment of 1 City Square it shows our commitment to Leeds that we have now invested more than £2.25 million to date on 2 Whitehall Quay.

The past 18 months have made us all re-think office buildings, layouts and employee welfare, so we are delighted to be ahead of the game in providing modern offices to suit the new way of working.”

Nick Salkeld, director of Fox Lloyd Jones, added,

“2 Whitehall Quay is in a prime location by the river and canal towpath whilst also being only a couple of minutes’ walk from the station and city square.

When NHS Digital vacated the building, it presented the perfect opportunity to deliver new and improved Grade A workspace and improve the wider facilities within the building catering to occupiers key criteria post pandemic.

The supply of prime workspace remains restricted particularly for clean floorplates of over 10,000 sq. ft. available in 2021/22. As many occupiers are now returning to the office, we are starting to see improved levels of enquiries with Q3 2021 take up expected to be nearer pre pandemic levels.”

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