The Government’s new regional Yorkshire hub at Wellington Place, Leeds has reached its first major milestone after officially breaking ground.
The ground-breaking ceremony marks the beginning of the construction phase following two months of site preparation, with the new 378,000 sq. ft. building scheduled for completion at the end of 2019.
Housed within MEPC’s masterplan, the combined Buildings 7 and 8 form the new hub which will be a BREAAM excellent state-of-the-art working environment for over 6,000 civil servants, let on a 25 year lease.
This project is part of the Government’s wider plans for building a strong Civil Service base across the UK.
The Leeds hub will transform central Government’s estate by accommodating multi-departmental workforces in shared buildings including HM Revenue and Customs and NHS Digital.
This will deliver taxpayer savings, build Leeds’ strength as a front runner in digital skills, act as a catalyst for regional growth in Yorkshire and ensure the delivery of the best quality service to the public.
James Dipple, Chief Executive of MEPC, said: “Our investors are proud to play a major part in this important revitalisation of the West End and we look forward to welcoming the government to its new Leeds home in the near future.”
Ann Carter-Gray, Government Property Agency Programme Director, said: “Wellington Place will be part of a network of government hubs, transforming central government’s offices by accommodating many different departments in shared buildings in London and in the regions.”
Paul Dodsworth, Business Unit Director of Wates Construction North East & Yorkshire added: “MEPC’s Wellington Place is a transformational project for Leeds, and is set to provide Yorkshire with the premier business quarter the region deserves.”
Steven Boyd, HMRC’s Estates Director, added: “The building work is just the beginning of cementing HMRC’s presence in Yorkshire to create a tax authority fit for the future.”