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Sir Robert McAlpine wins £40m Leeds office job

Sir Robert McAlpine has been appointed to deliver a £40m office development in Leeds.

Work has already started on the 66,000 sq ft project for Leeds-based developer Rushbond, and is due to be completed in mid-2019.

Sir Robert McAlpine will retain the building envelope of the Majestic building, which dates back to 1922, and construct super-prime Grade A office space inside it.

The seven-storey building will also have two terraces that overlook City Square, just to the north of Leeds train station.

Sir Robert McAlpine managing director for Scotland and the North Mark Gibson said: “We are delighted to be involved in this project that will see this iconic building playing a new role in the City of Leeds and its burgeoning economy.

“Now that we have started work, we are looking forward to turning Rushbond’s exciting vision into a reality, to seeing the Majestic standing tall and proud as a true Leeds landmark.”

JLL leasing director for the Majestic Richard Thornton said the development reflected the need for office space in the city.

“With practical completion scheduled in June 2019, timing could not be better as we project that the current supply of brand new Grade A city office space will all be let over the next 12-18 months,” he said.

Leeds station and the surrounding area is due to undergo a £500m redevelopment, spurred by HS2’s scheduled arrival in 2033 and the possibility of a Northern Powerhouse Rail network.

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