The British Council for Offices (BCO) has named Boultbee Brooks Real Estate’s Concordia Works in Leeds the best national office development up to 1,500 sq m. The property, where Savills is instructed as letting agent, was also crowned winner in this size category for the North of England, North Wales and Northern Ireland region.
Concordia Works, which dates back to the early 20th Century, offers 13,922 sq ft (1,294 sq m) of warehouse-style office space. Tenants include Caldero Limited, Yonder Consulting and Bark & Bite. Original features such as exposed brickwork, cast iron beams and columns were maintained throughout during a major refurbishment, while modern facilities including cycle storage and showers were added.
The building is located on the southern fringe of Leeds city centre, adjacent to the urban garden recently created in Sovereign Square and numerous restaurants, coffee shops and bars. Leeds Station and the city’s main retail pitch are both a short walk away.
BCO judges commented: “This building could so easily have slipped into obscurity, but it has been restored and revived and is now a vibrant part of 21st Century Leeds.”
Paul Fairhurst, head of Savills Leeds, comments: “The combination of quirky period features, high spec office space and a central location at Concordia Works is proving attractive to a wide range of occupiers. The property is truly a one off and certainly deserving of this prestigious accolade.”