March 26th, 2011, 12:50 PM
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From yesterday's YEP:
70 per cent of offices are taken
Published on Friday 25 March 2011 12:10
A PIONEERING mixed-use development in Leeds has filled 70 per cent of its offices despite the economic downturn.
Greenhouse, in Beeston, was launched last year by sustainable developer Citu as a part-refurbishment, part new-build of a 1930s house.
It covers 15,000 sq ft and is home to a number of businesses.
The property has 60 per cent cheaper energy bills.
Firms using the site include architects Sturgeon North, QAD Architects and social media specialists V Social.
Sturgeon North Architects director Matthew Sturgeon said: “Greenhouse has quickly become one of Leeds’ signature buildings with a very strong image, and we feel it reflects well on all businesses based here by being a part of it.
“We’re in the ground floor offices and by being connected to the courtyard, we feel part of the building’s activities. Our visiting clients always comment on what a buzzing atmosphere there is.
“All of us at Sturgeon have totally bought into the ethos of the building and are passionate about being part of the community spirit and look forward to it continuing to grow as more businesses join.”
Michael Ham, director of social media specialists V Social, said: “Greenhouse is ahead of its time and an iconic environment – we wanted to be part of it as soon as we saw it. It’s a building of the future so it’s great to be involved from day one.
“It’s the perfect environment for creative companies who enjoy being part of a community, and the digital technology is second to none.”
It's interesting to see a development like this being commercially successful in one of the more deprived parts of Leeds. I think, though, it's a bit of an understatement for the report to describe it as a "1930s house".