Developer and asset manager, MEPC has announced that the Ministry of Justice will be making Wellington Place the site of its new Leeds headquarters.
Occupying over 26,500 square feet of the first and second floors of 5 Wellington Place, the space will welcome staff from the Ministry of Justice, bringing a further 200 employees to the Leeds city centre development. The move means that Number 5 is now fully let, with the Ministry of Justice joining a wide variety of businesses at the development including Equifax, Sky Betting & Gaming, Willis Towers Watson, Ward Hadaway and Shulmans LLP.
Andy Mills, Director of Estates at the Ministry of Justice, said “I’m delighted that 5 Wellington Place will be home to our Leeds Headquarters. The development offers modern, open and collaborative working environments in a great location close to Leeds station. The contract we’ve signed with MEPC will help us improve the quality and reduce the cost of our HQ estate.”
James Dipple, Chief Executive of MEPC, added: “We’re thrilled to be able to announce that the Ministry of Justice will be joining our ever-growing community here at Wellington Place and even more so that Number 5 is now fully occupied. This is a major milestone for the development and really does demonstrate the success of the scheme.
“The Ministry of Justice are a great addition to our portfolio of customers and their move demonstrates the value that businesses, both commercial and public, see in our sustainable office space and wider commitments to being more than just a place to work.
“We’d like to wish the Ministry of Justice every success in its new office space, and we look forward to welcoming many more new businesses to the community at Wellington Place, as the development continues to expand.”
Meanwhile, activity continues across the site with the recent completion of Number 3 Wellington Place. Situated on the junction of Wellington Street and Northern Street, the building has created the principal north-east gateway into Wellington Place and forms part of the 290,000 sq. ft. of recently constructed existing office and retail space at Wellington Place. Further updates on the future of the development, including an announcement in relation to the progress of Number 4 Wellington Place are also expected within the coming months.
The letting agents supporting the deal were JLL and Cushman & Wakefield.