Bruntwood’s flagship Platform building in Leeds, was officially launched last night (Thursday, November 23rd), setting a new standard for workspace in the city region.
Many businesses have already chosen to make Platform their home including national law firm Shoosmiths, which has taken the whole of the ninth floor; Berwin solictors; Mercia Fund Managers; Business Growth Fund, Yorkshire IT managed services provider, Altinet; and digital design house, LightStart with more set to follow in the coming weeks.
The 13-storey, 120,000 sq ft Platform building which is already 56% let or under offer, provides a distinctive, collaborative co-working environment alongside 42 serviced offices and full floor plates of up to 9,720 sq ft ideal for larger companies. It is also set to be home to the city’s new tech incubator following support from Leeds City Council’s Tech Hub Fund, designed to support start up and scale up businesses from the region’s fast-growing digital technology and creative sector.
Craig Burrow, director of Bruntwood Leeds, said: “We’re delighted to have officially launched and that so many customers have decided to relocate here. Platform has been specifically designed to encourage creatively-minded businesses of all sizes and drive collaboration and innovation. We are proud to have created a business location reflecting Leeds’ dynamic and confident outlook.
“Workspaces like we have created at Platform are helping to reinvent Leeds, improving how the city is perceived, making it a more desirable place to live and work, and better able to attract new people and businesses. With Platform we aim to showcase Leeds’ tech ambition to leverage further inward investment, connect with local educational institutions and attract world-leading, innovative brands to the city.”
With an array of amenities, including an open-air roof terrace, lounge and meeting rooms, plus shower facilities, changing rooms and secure bike racks, Platform provides high-quality workspace for businesses of all sizes.
Platform will also offer a bespoke programme of business support, including a range of IP services from national law firm, Shoosmiths, Market Access services from PwC and a special Small Business service delivered by KPMG. There will also be social and networking events such as industry talks and seminars, health and wellbeing and mindfulness sessions facilitated by on-site community engagement manager, Wendy Denman.
Platform is also playing its part in Leeds’ cultural life. As part of the building’s launch, Bruntwood commissioned Leeds Beckett University art students, graduates, staff and practicing artists to create a digital artwork on screens in Platform’s reception. Four Words: Technology is a series of 60 animations set to an exclusive soundtrack by artist and composer, Scanner and will be in place for three months and marks the beginning of a new curatorial programme at Platform.
Earlier in the year, Platform became home to the150ft-tall, 36ft-wide Athena Rising mural, the UK’s tallest mural. This was a collaborative project between Bruntwood, East Street Arts, LeedsBID, and the artists, Nomad Clan.
Find out more about Platform here.