Majestic plans and images unveiled at MIPIM 2017

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Leeds-based property company Rushbond has unveiled detailed plans and scheme images for the transformation of the Majestic Building in Leeds City Centre. With work on the stunning new 65,000 sq ft development due to start this Summer, the new Majestic will provide new Grade A office floorspace right on the doorstep of the busiest railway station in the North of England.

This landmark development, which secured planning permission at the turn of the year, will see an amazing new office environment, over six floors, being created right in the heart of Leeds. An additional three storeys are to be added to one of Leeds’ most iconic buildings which will provide the floorplates and internal qualities of Grade A office space appropriate for the super-prime status of a City Square address. A grand three-storey height foyer will welcome employees and visitors to what will be a stunning new addition to the Leeds office market, offering an awe-inspiring new entrance into the quality of office space fit for such an ambitious City.

Mark Finch, Director of Real Estate at Rushbond, said: “The Majestic will offer all the amenities and qualities demanded by modern-day business, right in the heart of the City, within a truly unique iconic building. Leeds is a City with an eye over its shoulder at the past but importantly, a real ambition for the future. The exceptional quality of the design blends with the exceptional quality of the location and the prestige of a City Square location.”

The plans have evolved through the dedicated work of an exemplary Leeds-based design team including DLA Design, engineering consultancy Buro Happold and construction consultancy Gardiner and Theobald working alongside real estate advisers JLL.

Mark added: “The Leeds City Region is the largest economy in the Northern Powerhouse, the largest outside of London, with a hot bed of talent and innovation flowing from its leading institutions and the 3 million people that live within it. Leeds is at the heart of the City Region and the Majestic is right within the heart of the City. A growing and ambitious City needs the quality of office space to meet the demands of modern business and this speculative development will deliver a scheme with both style and substance. The plan to bring HS2 right into the railway station is a demonstration of the spirit and intent that rests within the City, allied to a whole stream of inspiring and transformational projects. We are pleased to be a part of the Leeds City Region delegation to MIPIM 2017 and to help in showcasing what the City has to offer to a truly international audience.”

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership said: “We are taking our largest ever delegation to MIPIM 2017 to drive home the message that that Leeds City Region is the biggest hitter in the Northern Powerhouse and committed to transformational schemes such as Rushbond’s impressive plans for the Majestic.

“With an economic output of almost £65bn, and the UK’s largest and fastest growing workforce, Leeds City Region provides the ideal location for the world’s leading businesses to thrive.  Located close to what; with the arrival of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, will be the main Yorkshire Transport Hub, the Majestic will create an impressive welcome to Leeds city centre as well as being concrete evidence of the major investment underway.”

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said: “I’m delighted to see these exciting plans for the Majestic, which retain the character of this iconic building and make the most of its location in City Square, at the heart of Leeds city centre.

“This scheme is one of many in Leeds at present that reflects the city’s success and ambition, and makes the most of our stunning architecture while bringing it into everyday use again.  I look forward to seeing this fantastic building once again act as a welcoming gateway for visitors to the city; alongside the transformed Leeds Station as the city prepares for the arrival of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.”