GMI starts £10m Leeds spec office scheme

Aaron Morby 10 months ago
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Regional contractor GMI Construction has started work on a central Leeds office scheme after securing the £10m building contract.

Fierra Real Estate and Opus North appointed the firm to undertake the renovation of the landmark Leeds City Centre office building at 12 King Street.

The project is being developed speculatively and supports growing signs of the commercial property market stirring back into life in UK cities.

Opus North said the building had been designed as a post-pandemic workplace with roof gardens and open terraces.

Once finished in Autumn 2021, the building will offer 54,500 sq ft of super prime office accommodation.

The building has been carefully designed by DLA Design to take into consideration the rapidly evolving office market and with tomorrow’s occupier in mind, boasting cutting-edge ‘smart’ building technology alongside market leading sustainability and well-being features credentials.

The transformation designed by DLA Design includes a  new façade and two new floors boasting a communal sky lounge with extensive roof terraces.

New seventh floor roof terrace

The professional team includes M&E consultant Hydrock MRB, structural engineer Curtins and Gardiner & Theobald as PM and cost conulstant.

Andrew Duncan, Managing Director of Opus North said: “We are creating the post Covid-19 contemporary workspace in the heart of Leeds, where technology, open spaces, roof gardens, fresh air, air-conditioning, combined with an exemplary approach to customer service, ensure we are the best-in-class office product in the city.

“We have challenged our design team of market-leading consultants to innovate and think outside to box to ensure we’re not just ploughing the same old furrow and doing what’s been done before.

“We have embraced the current climate, rolled with the changes and now we are close to launching the future of the post-pandemic workplace. Watch this space. “

Lee Powell, GMI Divisional Managing Director said: 12 King Street serves as one of the most-high profile and iconic developments within Leeds Central Business District and this landmark redevelopment project is drawing a lot of interest.

“Having undertaken the extensive refurbishment and redevelopment of the award-winning ‘33 Wellington Street’ in Leeds for Walker Morris’ new office, it feels befitting that we have now been entrusted to embark on breathing life into Walker Morris’ previous office in the heart of the city centre and we’re planning on this project being just as successful

“We are extremely happy and proud to be awarded this contract and entrusted by both Opus North and FRE UK to deliver the renaissance of this specular building.”

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