The Leeds office market has been boosted by the launch of ‘much-needed’ sustainable workspace following completion of a major phase of investment by Shelborn Asset Management.
As the first phase in the refurbishment of Millshaw Court, in Beeston, 20,000 sq. ft. of eco-friendly office accommodation has been launched, complete with its own gym, showers, café and outdoor meeting areas.
In 2021 Shelborn acquired the property which had previously been home to Barclays Bank for 25 years. The property has been rebranded as South Central and earlier this year it was confirmed that fleet tracking software and business solutions provider Inseego will be taking 5,000 sq. ft of space this summer in a deal brokered by joint letting agents Knight Frank and CBRE.
Comprising a total investment of over £7m, Shelborn is progressing with a second phase of works which will release a further 20,000 of the 90,000 sqft office building.
The new-look building, which features 22 EV charging points with capacity for more in the future, also boasts state-of-the-art network technology to improve connectivity for occupiers.
An Energy Performance Certificate A rating is the result of a package of measures that includes sustainably sourced building materials used during the refurbishment phase and energy efficient heating, cooling and ventilation systems. New cycle facilities, onsite greenery to encourage local nature, rainwater harvesting and eco-friendly wash and shower rooms are also available.
Laura McGrath, sustainability & community director at Shelborn said securing an A energy rating for an existing building that has been retrofitted is a great achievement. She added:
“The pandemic has certainly changed the way that many organisations are using their office space but the main impact is that going forward, modern offices need to provide much more in the way of services and amenities to improve the overall experience for staff.
“The amenities available for staff working at South Central, together with the building’s exceptional energy performance credentials, make it a compelling option for anyone looking for office space in and around Leeds.”
Simon Hepple, director of office investor project management at CBRE, said:
“CBRE is delighted to have been involved from the inception of this very exciting project to reposition South Central as an ESG focused, accessible, destination office experience. We have created an exceptional community and social experience with large biodiverse gardens and landscaping with a mix of formal and informal meeting and breakout spaces.
“Energy costs have been significantly reduced for occupiers and electricity is supplied from renewable sources. Smart technology and lighting systems have been installed together with water saving installations. We are delighted to be following a BREEAM in-use pathway and look forward to attaining BREEAM certification soon to further demonstrate South Central’s commitment to environment, health and wellbeing.”
This post is based on a press release issued on behalf of Shelborn Asset Management
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