February 2016

MC2 let to local college group

White Rose Office Park Aspire building

We are pleased to announce that our Aspire building has now been let in its current guise as the MC2 building, formerly the HSBC office block.

The building will be taken over by Elliott Hudson College, part of The GORSE Academies Trust, later this year following a multi-million pound renovation of the building. The College is making the move to White Rose Office Park as part of its plans to develop business partnerships with neighbouring businesses and drive social mobility among its students.

The GORSE Academies Trust is a not for profit charity whose aim is to create exceptional schools to serve areas of Leeds and the Leeds City Region that suffer deprivation and to carry students on towards attaining places at first class universities.

The college was established in 2015 and will move from it’s existing location at nearby Phoenix House in a phased relocation to be completed by September.

Sir John Townsley, the Trust’s executive principal, said:

“We selected White Rose Office Park for the Elliott Hudson College because of our shared aspiration to change the deal for some of the poorest and some of the most aspirational young people in our city.”

He added: “We are really excited to be working in partnership with the owners of White Rose Office Park and particularly welcome their passion for education as the key driver of social mobility.

“We are also really indebted to them for supporting the development of business partnerships with neighbouring organisations, which will form a deep rooted part of our character for many years to come.”

With Park owner David Aspin commenting:

“Elliott Hudson College is one of the new breed of free schools established by The GORSE Academies Trust and we are delighted to be able to provide them with the space they need to grow and achieve their ambitions of integrating education and the workplace.”

He added: “This is an exciting development for us, putting an innovative educational establishment alongside large private sector employers such as HSBC, Capita, SKF, Telefonica, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Global and Her Majesty’s Government.

“The re-use, rather than demolition of the building previously occupied by HSBC, completely satisfies both myself and Orion Capital Managers in providing a sustainable and innovative answer to a vacant property.”

This recent deal serves to highlight the diversity of White Rose Office Park and our ability to accommodate organisations across a broad spectrum of services. Our ongoing commitment to making White Rose Office Park a premium destination for businesses in the North of England is what has driven this recent acquisition, and will continue to drive those in the future.

If you feel Leeds and White Rose Office Park could fit the needs of your business or someone you know, please click here to see our current availability and contact one of our agents to discuss things further and arrange a visit.

Jeff Pearey
JLL – 0113 261 6236

Adam Cockroft
Cushman & Wakefield – 0113 233 8866

Jonathan Shires
CBRE – 0113 394 8820

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