Shoosmiths to make its home at Bruntwood’s Platform redevelopment in Leeds

Shoosmiths is to take a full floor at the new Bruntwood Platform redevelopment above Leeds station.

The firm which announced that it would be moving to Leeds earlier this year, will temporarily set up at West One on Wellington Street on 1 December before moving to the Platform building in May 2017.

Shoosmiths has signed a 10 year lease to take 9,720 sq ft and is the first pre-let for the landmark building. Paul Stokey, Leeds office head, said that the central location of the office would complement clients’ needs.

“This office will be very important in our drive to create a Northern hub of legal expertise for Shoosmiths’ clients, with our Leeds and Manchester offices working closely together,” said Stokey.

“We anticipate that we will be recruiting specialists in key fields such as corporate, real estate and commercial disciplines to help us fulfil that goal.”

Craig Burrow, director at Bruntwood said: “Having worked on Platform for a number of years, I’m thrilled to secure our first letting with Shoosmiths and finally see this building brought back to life and kick start the regeneration of this area.

“Platform is going to be a major development in the type of workspace that Bruntwood offers, creating an environment where companies and individuals can network and connect with each other, providing added impetus to business creativity and growth.

“Connectivity of all kinds – physical, digital and social – is the core idea behind Platform. This reinvention of the former British Railway offices will deliver 120,000 sq ft of space, offering co-working desks, studio offices and larger, bespoke workspaces tailored to meet the needs of large businesses, small and growing companies and individual entrepreneurs, all within a shared environment.”