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CONSTRUCTION work is to start on the creation of a major office development.

21 Queen Street is located in Leeds city centre and will be available for occupation from summer 2013 following an extensive redevelopment and refurbishment programme.

Two floors are being added to create a total of 37,491 sq ft of grade A office space.

Nicholas King, director of Formal Investments, the company behind the scheme, said: “We are delighted to be getting under way with the exciting task of transforming this building.

"21 Queen Street will give Leeds a wonderful new centre for business. We’ve had great success with similar projects in other cities and are confident that 21 Queen Street will emulate them."

The building is being developed by investment and asset management business Formal Investments, which is providing several million pounds to transform the building.

Joint letting agents on the scheme are CBRE and Jones Lang LaSalle.

Meanwhile, the Leeds office of property consultancy Knight Frank has concluded two significant deals at the Lowfields Industrial Estate in Elland, West Yorkshire.

A 30,000sq ft industrial warehouse letting has been agreed to national pallet distributers ADD Express on behalf of Citivale Asset Management. The property is held in a fund managed by Henderson Global Investors.

The letting of a 32,000 sq ft shed to Radicon Transmission UK, on behalf of owners C and V Lloyd Property Partnerships, has also been agreed.

Yorkshire agents Michael Steel acted on behalf of Radicon and ADD.



Another development worthy of a seperate thread
 

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This a conversion as opposed to a rebuild but the top two new floors look good in the illustration. It will be a nice addition to the area which is on the whole rather bland. I was diverted down Queen Street last week because of road works. There were dozens of offices up for let. It looks like the areas been hit hard by the recession.
 

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Interesting that they've ditched the name 'Prince William House' in favour of '21 Queen Street'. Still, it will be good to see some improvements in this area. I just wish that crumbling old art deco building round the corner could be redeveloped as well.
 

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Yeah that's the one. I really like those rounded ends, but the building is just hidden away and being allowed to deteriorate. Leeds has actually got a pretty decent stock of 1930s architecture and there should be an effort to preserve it.

The building immediately north of 21 Queen street (No.25) is quite nice as well. Nothing spectacular but a solid piece of post-modern architecture. There are offices to let in there as well.
 

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Yeah that's the one. I really like those rounded ends, but the building is just hidden away and being allowed to deteriorate. Leeds has actually got a pretty decent stock of 1930s architecture and there should be an effort to preserve it.
that's Brotherton House, a former police office. Think the sales details are available online if you search - it's actually 1950s apparently.

The building immediately north of 21 Queen street (No.25) is quite nice as well. Nothing spectacular but a solid piece of post-modern architecture. There are offices to let in there as well.
There are plans for that building - it was the former Government Office for Yorkshire & the Humber (now defunct). The building is still part of the Government estate and is one of 20 Govt buildings earmarked for a scheme to make affordable workspace available to start-up businesses:

http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/yorkshire/71521-/index.html
 

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Worker in lift shaft horror at Leeds office block
Published on Tuesday 24 July 2012 17:42

A WORKER was seriously injured in a horrific accident at a Leeds office block.

The man is believed to have been left trapped while dismantling the lift at Prince William House, 21 Queen Street, in the city centre.

He was part of a team working on the redevelopment of the four-storey building.

Fire crews, paramedics and the police were called shortly after 11am today.

Watch manager Ross Philips, from Gipton fire station, said: “The ambulance had arrived first and by the time we got there the incident had already happened and there was nothing more that we could do.

“Our job was to make the area safe, work with police to keep people away from the area and inform the Health and Safety Executive.”
more from yep here
 

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Sounds gruesome, the contractor's going to have a torrid time for the duration of the job after something like this so early on.
 

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I saw the steel going up, with the large curved piece on the left side top floor installed last week, looks quite an impressive addition.
 
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