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CBRE announces Leeds office space switch

The international real estate advisory business CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) has revealed plans to switch its Yorkshire-based staff to a new set of offices in Leeds.

A total of 60 CBRE employees will be affected by the relocation that is scheduled to take place in April 2013. The firm has signed up to lease a little over 7,000 sq ft of quality office space in central Leeds for a period of ten years.

At present, CBRE’s Leeds staff are based at Bank House but they will soon be switching to space in Toronto Square, a BREEAM excellent development in the main Leeds business district.

The new offices will become a new regional operating base for CBRE’s pubs and leisure divisions, as well as its retail agency and petroleum and automotive departments.

“As a company, and as a regional centre, we are continually evolving along with the market trends to maintain the highest possible service levels to our extensive client base and meet their changing requirements,” said CBRE’s managing director in Yorkshire Richard Sutherland.

“The new office will encourage a more fluid way of working and staff will be hot-desking to facilitate smooth communication between departments. As well as our commitment to clients, we want to provide the best possible working environment to our dedicated teams.”

Sutherland added that the quality of offices and the Toronto Square development “fits the CBRE brand well”. The firm will join the insurance businesses Hiscox and the Willis Group in occupying offices at the site.

Highcross, which owns Toronto Square, describes sustainability and environmental concerns as having been “paramount” during the redevelopment of what is a landmark building in central Leeds.


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