Architectural practice branches out at Kirkstall Forge

New customer secured for Number one Kirkstall Forge

CEG has let a 12-desk Forge Studio to Byrom Clark Roberts Ltd (part of the Smithers Purslow group) for its move to Number One, Kirkstall Forge. The architecture, building surveying, civil and structural engineering company has offices in Manchester, Chester and Wales, with a wider network of group offices in Rutland, Exeter, Newcastle, Nottingham and Reading.

Taking the space on a three-year lease, Andrew Gooud, Director at Byrom Clark Roberts said: “We are delighted to have occupied the studio which is ideal for our aspirations and future growth. It is already a great place to work and we are delighted with the welcome received by CEG. We look forward to many happy years in the facility.”

The Let Ready studios were launched on the first floor of the first 110,000 sq ft office development at Kirkstall Forge earlier this year. Offering comms-ready and fully-furnished space, complete with fitted kitchens, break-out and meeting areas, they provide workspace for teams of eight upwards. Available on inclusive, flexible terms, they are designed with growing businesses in mind.

Customers also benefit from the facilities on offer within Number One Kirkstall Forge, including a full suite of easy to book meeting rooms, Butler’s café and informal business lounge and the Forge Life concierge team, event and activities programme.

Only two studios remain available at the popular development, which is now 97% let. As a result, CEG is now marketing its next 200,000 sq ft of prime quality office development.

Paul Richardson, investment manager at CEG, explains: “The studios have attracted some fantastic clients from smaller, growing companies to larger businesses, such as BUPA, which needed flexible project space.
“They provide a fantastic location, unrivalled technology and onsite amenities within a development that was named the healthiest place to work in the UK. The speed at which we have let the space is testament to the fact that happy, healthy and productive people are at the very heart of every business.”

Named the best UK Commercial Workplace by the British Council of Offices, Number One Kirkstall Forge is designed to a specification which exceeds most city centre products, it harnesses its unique setting, offering those within the building exceptional views across the riverside, wooded valley.

The top four floors of the building are now Zenith’s headquarters, with the remaining three floors home to Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, Bupa, CEG, Trufe, Smart Buildings and Butlers restaurant and bar. The calibre of the new tenants is evidence of the high specification of the space, as well as the benefits offered by the adjacent railway station connecting to Leeds City Station in six minutes, on-site cycle, car and scooter hire, riverside and woodland setting.
Ultimately, the £400million Kirkstall Forge scheme is set to become home to a thriving mixed-use community comprising of 1,050 new homes, 300,000 sq ft of offices and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space.