This year alone Leeds has seen the completion of the £60m First Direct Arena and the £350m Trinity Leeds shopping centre, both firmly planting Leeds on the commercial map. Not only that, but the Leeds office market has flourished, with 436,853 sq ft let in the first six months of 2013, more than the annual totals for the last five years. According to city businessmen, Leeds is on course to become a city on the world stage.
Alastair Da Costa of law firm DLA Piper, and non-executive board member of inward investment agency Leeds and Partners, said, “With major schemes like Victoria Gate on the horizon, and transformational ideas still in the pipeline, such as an International Convention Centre for Leeds, the face of Leeds is going to become even more attractive. Bring these to fruition and we really are a commercial centre to rival others across the world.”
Thanks to projects like these and others, including KPMG’s new headquarters on Sovereign Street and the new 35,000 sq ft development in Leeds West End business quarter, property companies and investors are beginning to view Leeds in a new light – as a fast developing city with ever more opportunities for investment.