There are many different factors a business will consider when looking for a new office space. Does the location work for its team and business needs? Is it readily accessible by clients and contacts? Does the company want to be in a central area renowned for business or its sector? What size of space does it need to meet current needs and is there space to grow, if the business expands? How do people work on a day-to-day and what do they need from their workspaces? What amenities does the building offer?
Whilst priorities, questions and needs will vary from company to company, here are 10 great reasons why 12 King Street is the ideal office space for any business looking to relocate to Leeds.
There is a wealth of evidence that shows the design of a building is a key driver in helping to improve people’s wellbeing, health and – ultimately – productivity. Our 54,000 sq. ft of space has occupier wellbeing at the front and centre of its design. With floor-to-ceiling windows, 12 King Street offers plenty of natural daylight, which reduces eyestrain and feelings of fatigue through less artificial light. There is an intelligent fresh air management system so people can enjoy good levels of ventilation; comfortable temperature from VRF fan coil units; and zoned heating and cooling. There is also a considerately-designed extensive outdoor space, with the Sky Lounge and roof garden on the seventh floor.
2. Located for success
Just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Leeds Railway Station and around the corner from Channel 4’s headquarters, 12 King Street could not be better located. Based in the heart of the thriving city of Leeds and centrally in the Leeds Business Improvement District, 12 King Street is in a prime location for financial and professional services, being key strength sectors in the region, alongside healthcare and life sciences, as well as creative and digital technology sectors.
3. World-beating connectivity
12 King Street has recently been ranked as the most connected and integrated building in the world. With Smart Building technology throughout to better prepare for the occupier needs of today and the future, the building has the largest cross-functional wireless infrastructure in the world. The entire building is demand-driven through Smart Multisense devices and the integrated platform and unique technology means people, things and places are seamlessly connected.
Business is fast moving, which means having a secure and reliable broadband connection is fundamental to performance. 12 King Street has achieved the highest Platinum rating from WiredScore – the global digital connectivity certification system. This means the office space is designed and equipped for modern business, through enhanced digital capability, a reliable broadband service and widespread mobile coverage in the office.
With a BREEAM Excellent rating – placing it in the top 10% of new, non-domestic buildings for best practice – and an EPC of A, 12 King Street delivers the highest results when it comes to sustainability. Low energy lightbulbs, electric vehicle charging points and 72 cycling bays in the state-of-the-art cycle spa are just some of the eco-friendly aspects of the building. The redevelopment has also resulted in a 14% reduction in carbon emissions, 29% less energy consumption for heating and cooling, and 42% less water consumption.
6. Considered spaces
Following a £10m transformation, 12 King Street now includes an impressive Sky Lounge and roof garden, offering panoramic views of Leeds and a unique communal space for occupants to relax or network with contacts. With a superior fit out that rivals any private members’ club, the Sky Lounge is designed to exacting 21st century standards, with cosy sofas, feature chairs, floor lamps, and perimeter seating and high tables with integrated plugs and USB ports for ease of working.
With breakout lounges and inspiring spaces that encourage creative thinking and team working, 12 King Street provides quiet areas for online meetings, as well as private meeting rooms.
7. Quality interiors
Carefully designed interiors at 12 King Street offer a Scandi-cool theme, with a natural colour palette and pops of warm colour, such as mustard yellow, to add interest and to make the space feel less industrial.
Designed to bring freshness and vitality to the space and an increasingly important aspect of wellbeing, biophilic design features and lots of planting throughout help to calm and connect with nature. The planting is further extended with design focusses like a green ceiling and the roof garden – features that can together contribute to a healthy work environment that promotes wellbeing.
8. Dynamic, growing city
Leeds is believed to be the UK’s fastest growing city, with an economy that is predicted to grow by an impressive 21% over the next decade. A leader within the Northern Powerhouse, there is a buzz to the Leeds Business District that makes it clear what an
exciting place it is for business. It also offers companies exceptional value for money, with prime rents less than Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester.
9. Championing cyclists
For those wishing to travel into the office sustainably, 12 King Street has an extensive cycling spa with dedicated drying rooms and repair area, for when a puncture needs to be repaired. Along with 72 cycle bays, 58 lockers, modern shower and changing facilities and on-site cycle hire, these premium cycling amenities have resulted in the building being Cycling Score Platinum Certified, the highest industry accolade for cycling infrastructure.
10. Business community
We are proud to be part of the successful Leeds Business District, which is the biggest of its kind outside of London, with 648 businesses paying a levy. 90% of the levy is invested into the BID area and another £14 million is to be invested in Leeds up to 2025.
If you want to find out how relocating your team to 12 King Street could enhance your business goals, contact us for more information or arrange a viewing.