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Government Agency agrees “milestone” deal for Leeds space

Bruntwood has signed up a government agency for a newly-refurbished building in central Leeds in a “major milestone” for the city.

HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS), which provides administrative support for criminal, civil and family courts across England and Wales, has taken more than 26,000 sq ft over three floors at Bruntwood’s newly-refurbished West Gate on a 15-year lease.

Following the deal, the workspace is set to be completed transformed, with work being undertaken by contractor CubicWorks, including the build of eight modern multi-purpose courtrooms. Work has begun and is expected to complete in autumn 2023.

The letting follows the completion of Bruntwood’s extensive refurbishment of West Gate, with more than 33,000 sq ft of space transformed into high-quality, flexible workspaces.

Andrew Butterworth, commercial director for Bruntwood, said: “HMCTS’ relocation to West Gate is a major milestone for Leeds, reinforcing the status of this building as one of the city’s most prominent and sought-after addresses.

“Creating thriving cities where people can prosper is part of our lifeblood, and we are committed to providing the very highest quality workspace in Leeds and across Yorkshire, including ongoing work at our flagship West Village development, a new destination that heralds innovation, collaboration and community. We look forward to welcoming the HMCTS team to their new home later this year.”

Graeme Goldsmith, delivery director for HMCTS North East, added: “We are looking forward to moving into our new home at West Gate later this year. It provides us with additional space and we will equip it with modern technology, such as improved videolink.

“West Gate also has the benefit of having good transport links and is close to many of our city’s most prominent legal chambers, with whom we work closely.”

Property consultancy Cushman & Wakefield acted on behalf of HMCTS.