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Shepherd lands preconstruction deal on £30m Leeds office scheme

Town Centre Securities has appointed Shepherd to deliver preconstruction works at a £30m office redevelopment for Leeds City Council.

Shepherd will provide preconstruction services at Merrion House in Leeds city centre ahead of a full refurbishment and extension of the building.

The complete redevelopment project is worth £30m, according to construction information analyst Glenigan.

Leeds City Council agreed a 25-year lease for 170,000 sq ft of space in the extended Merrion House with owners Town Centre Securities in October 2013.

The completed building will become the main site for all of the council’s services, saving it around £15m.

Shepherd construction director Neil Clarke said: “The Merrion House project is one of several key developments our multidisciplinary teams are successfully delivering across the city, including MEPC’s Wellington Place and Leeds University library and multi-storey car park.”

Town Centre Securities chairman and chief executive Edward Ziff said: “Even in the preconstruction phase of this development, the live nature of Merrion House required a technical understanding of the challenges it posed.

“Shepherd was able to provide an insightful and deliverable preconstruction bid and we are looking forward to working collaboratively in order to move the project into the next phase of development.”

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