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http://www.thecitytalking.com/news/2012/8/6/yorkshire-post-to-leave-wellington-street-building.html

It’s been announced by Johnston Press, owners of the Yorkshire Evening Post and Yorkshire Post, that the papers will leave the building and move to nearby Number One development off Whitehall Road.

According to the BBC, the Wellington Street building, which was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1970, once housed more than 1,300 staff. There are now less than 400 there.
So it seems the YP are finally relocating.

This, can surely be good news with the YP site very close to other active developments (i'm thinking the doncaster monksbridge site), freeing up space for future builds and of course moving in to Number 1 Leeds which has been empty pretty since pretty much forever. Hopefully this will put pressure on office saturation and in combination with the Whitehall Riverside area becoming more active - maybe push things into a direction in terms of new space being created...possibly Wellington Place?

Shame about the Wellington Street building though, I did have a soft spot for it's brutalist design.
 

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I like the little tower it has with the digital clock and thermometer on top!
 

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I don't think there's a proposal for demolition, it would more likely be marketed for cheap office space as it is.

The worst case scenario is it will sit empty for years and start to look like it's sad delapedated neighbour across the road, Bridge House. That would turn this gateway into a nasty blackspot entrance into the city (although it already is really with bridge House being such an eyesore in such a prominent gateway location).

The council really should do something about these large derelict, wrecked buildings dotting the cityscape (another is the 8 storey office block right next to our spanking new flyover from J4; not a great entry sight when arriving into Leeds that way), perhaps they should carry out repairs and charge the landlords. And wasn't this why laws were changed to allow business rates to be charged on empty commercial properties, but are the council charging them? :rant:
 

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And wasn't this why laws were changed to allow business rates to be charged on empty commercial properties, but are the council charging them? :rant:
What would that encourage the owners to do? Knock the building down and create another gap site? Having to pay business rates on empty buildings would've rubbed salt into the wounds of No.1 Leeds and the Mint.

Still, I agree about the state of that area. Bridge House really should be razed, there's no point in letting it stand. I thought I saw some movement in there recently, but it was just a pigeon.
 

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Whilst it's good to see No1 Leeds finally fill up surely it has to be bad to see most likely another empty void in this end of the city centre most likely left empty for years although it's certainly a decent site. Guessing the move for YPN to No1 Leeds will most likely take place rather soon considering No1 Leeds is already built and fitted out and I wonder if this could mean the second phase of the Latitude could start on the back of this news?
 

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The council really should do something about these large derelict, wrecked buildings dotting the cityscape (another is the 8 storey office block right next to our spanking new flyover from J4; not a great entry sight when arriving into Leeds that way), perhaps they should carry out repairs and charge the landlords. And wasn't this why laws were changed to allow business rates to be charged on empty commercial properties, but are the council charging them? :rant:
Weren't there planning apps on that building (South Point) for both a Hampton by Hilton Inn and to convert it into self-storage? I recall both were rejected for some bizarre reason!
 

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Whilst it's good to see No1 Leeds finally fill up surely it has to be bad to see most likely another empty void in this end of the city centre most likely left empty for years although it's certainly a decent site. Guessing the move for YPN to No1 Leeds will most likely take place rather soon considering No1 Leeds is already built and fitted out and I wonder if this could mean the second phase of the Latitude could start on the back of this news?
I think it's quite likely that the next phase of Latitude could happen more quickly as a result. One of the comments on the Business Desk page about the YP move to NO.1 Leeds hinted that Gaz de France Suez are in talks to take 30,000 sq ft of the building, which would be another large positive (although would mean office space freed up elsewhere on City Walk presumably).

What is needed down near No.1 Leeds is some sort of amenities block to cater for workers at lunchtimes. i2 offices within NO.1 Leeds has a cafe ,but don't know whether it's open to the public.
 

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What would that encourage the owners to do? Knock the building down and create another gap site? Having to pay business rates on empty buildings would've rubbed salt into the wounds of No.1 Leeds and the Mint.
For No.1 Leeds and The Mint, that's a fair point, and we certainly wouldn't want to discourage speculative development. Perhaps some major rebate could be applied to offices that are being actively marketed? Just a thought, but something should be done about derelict eyesores. Just sitting on a derelict wreck in the middle of the city is very detremental to the city as a whole, particularly the immediate neighbours, and should not be acceptable. I expect some form of financial pressure would be the only way to prevent this from happening, and demolition of Bridge House would be preferential to the surrounding area compared to leaving it as it is for years to come.
 

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The prob with empty property rates is that they can only be applied if the building is on the ratings list, meaning it's habitable. I suspect somewhere like Bridge House has been deemed uninhabitable in its present state by a ratings surveyor, meaning the owners can just leave it.

It's a massive shame, and lazy landlords should be penalised. However, another unfortunate effect of empty rates legislation has been for landlords to deliberately wreck or demolish perfectly good properties to avoid paying rates as well, so the system doesn't work particularly well either way.
 

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Whatever they do with the site I hope the clock tower is retained. To me it's always been an iconic landmark of Leeds, it may not be as historically significant as some features around the city but in years to come if it is demolished I think it will be missed.
 

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Whatever they do with the site I hope the clock tower is retained. To me it's always been an iconic landmark of Leeds, it may not be as historically significant as some features around the city but in years to come if it is demolished I think it will be missed.
Not sure if the present tower should stay, but any new development should incorporate a tower with info screen as it is such a high profile site with thousands of cars a day passing it on the Wellington flyover.
 

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Didn't the clock tower at the YPN newspapers building used to have neon signage which was replaced only a few years ago (sometime in the 2000s) with something much duller and less visible to passers by?





Personally though I can't see why the clock tower or the wider YEP building should be retained personally.
 

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I like the clock tower, and have also found it useful. I thought it was a shame when Halifax replaced their digital clock with the Halifax, and later RBS, logo.

I'd like to see a clock tower incorporated into any new design- I'm not going to campaign for its retention at the cost of any potential development!
 

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This seems to be a big deal for No.1 Leeds, which is filling up well now, in fact sounds to be approaching full to capacity.

c/o thebusinessdesk.com

Market positives from YPN move - Fox Lloyd Jones
8th August 2012 - By Ian Briggs - Editor, Yorkshire



YORKSHIRE Post Newspapers' move from its headquarters of more than 40 years to a new city centre base could help drive the office market forward, according to one of the key figures involved.

More than 350 staff are to relocate to No 1 Leeds from the start of October from offices in Wellington Street, which presently houses the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post newspapers. Staff from departments including editorial, advertising and IT will be based in 33,000 sq ft of office space across three floors. Employees from the Wakefield Express, which is also owned by newspaper publisher Johnston Press, are also set to move to No 1 Leeds.

Fox Lloyd Jones, the surveyors and relocation specialists, acted on the letting - the biggest in the city so far this year. The Leeds-based company is also managing the fit-out of the space at No 1 Leeds on Whitehall Road.

Director Paul Fox told TheBusinessDesk.com that although details of the deal were confidential, Yorkshire Post Newspapers had made a "long-term commitment" under the deal.

Mr Fox said Fox Lloyd Jones had been instructed by Johnston Press to explore a range of relocation options but No 1 Leeds had been the best fit for the client's needs.

"We are delighted to have played a central role in helping the business move on to the next exciting chapter in their proud Leeds history," he said.
"The area will soon have upward of 1,000 extra people walking along Whitehall Road and using the amenities and that can only be good for the West End area of the city. Getting that extra footfall is great news."

Critics have said that IVG's No 1 Leeds has struggled to attract tenants because of its location - a 10 minute walk to Leeds railway station and the city's retail core. However, Mr Fox stressed that energy company GDF Suez's plan to lease 30,000 sq ft at IVG's No 1 Leeds site showed the area was on the up and that deals could be done.

There has also been speculation that the next phase of MEPC's Wellington Street scheme could be kick-started as conditions pick-up.

"The YPN deal means 60,000 sq ft has been taken at the building over the last three months and with law firm Gorodns committing to remain in its building nearby that bodes well for the area for the future and for the market," he added.

It is understood that property agents are soon set to be instructed to sell the newspapers' current home, which was opened in 1970. The move is being made as Johnston Press looks to cut costs. The building also houses a printing press that is no longer in use.

Helen Oldham, managing director of Yorkshire Post Newspapers, added: "The move to No 1 Leeds will be transformative for Yorkshire Post Newspapers allowing us to strengthen our position as multi-media publishers."

Alex Duckett, associate with property consultancy Knight Frank in Leeds, one of the agents on No 1 Leeds, said: "This is the single largest letting for over 12 months in Leeds, surpassing Gratterpalm who also took 19,000 sq ft at this spectacular building in March.

"The landlord, IVG, challenged their letting team to reposition the building in the market and these lettings are the fruition of this.

"The high specification at No 1 Leeds is reflected in the lowest running costs available in the city for this size of building and this was no doubt of utmost importance to the tenant in these recent deals.”
c/o thebusinessdesk.com
 
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