Office Move for our Leeds Studio
Our Leeds studio has moved to a new office in the city’s South Bank to accommodate its growing team and aspirations for the studio.
Doubling in size in recent years, the new space will accommodate our expanding team and growth plans.
The studio has moved from a 1,522 sq ft office suite in Tower Works to a 3,163 sq ft building in the Round Foundry, 100 yards away.
Our Leeds team have been responsible for some incredible projects across the city, with the new office cementing our commitment to the city and the burgeoning South Bank.
With work including the eye-catching £12m Ironworks project, which has seen land off David Street transformed into 53 apartments, 15 townhouses and two commercial units, just around the corner from the new studio, the team has also done extensive strategic planning and placemaking work for Leeds City Council including Leeds Our Spaces and the Leeds Innovation Arc and are currently working on the redevelopment of the House of Fraser site in Briggate.
Director of our Leeds studio, Leah Stuart, says: “As we return to the office, we were really keen to embrace our new studio as a place for collaboration. We recognise the value of coming together as a team, and especially for our younger team members. Giving them the opportunity to learn alongside more experienced engineers helps us all work more effectively.
“We’re excited to remain on the South Bank and be part of the Marshalls Mill community. We have worked on the refurbishment of this campus over the years and have seen the progress being made by developers in the surrounding area. It’s a fantastic part of the city to be in.”
The Leeds studio has grown from five to 16 team members in recent years and the larger office allows more flexibility for the team to grow further.
Stuart adds: “We’ve got access to a fantastic talent pool here in Leeds and West Yorkshire. We will continue to grow and the new office space will give us the freedom to expand. The proximity to Leeds Station is a major positive for us.
“Having a nice place to work is essential. We’re next to some fantastic local institutions, with loads of cool amenities and that’s good for us as a business. We’re looking forward to seeing more of the team on a regular basis; sharing ideas and spending time together fuels innovation.”
The team has been leading mentoring sessions with Leeds Beckett University as well as The Universities of Leeds and Sheffield and will be expanding these opportunities in the new year.
Martin McGovern, a director in our Leeds studio, says: “We’re a very collaborative practice and we wanted to be able to work across the table with a pen and paper rather than using Teams for all our meetings. We wanted to find a space that would accommodate our expansion plans and to invite more of our external partners in as well, it’s fantastic to be able to work side by side with clients and collaborators once again.”
Our Leeds studio are also continuing its work with Citu’s Climate Innovation District in the city. The completed houses are the first homes to have been built in Leeds city centre in more than 90 years. Through design, the development encourages people to walk or ride bikes rather than taking the car to work, but it also has space for charging points for electric vehicles.
Chris Hartnell, Partner at National Property Consultancy Carter Jonas LLP said “We were delighted to help advise Civic Engineers in their search for new offices in Leeds city centre. Their relocation to self-contained offices within the Round Foundry is an endorsement of the South Bank of the city which as seen the recent completion of CEG’s Globe Point scheme adjacent.
“I have every confidence that their new offices will help facilitate growth and provide the quality environment necessary to encourage collaboration.”