White Rose Office Park is celebrating 30 years of business this week, with Monday 15th January 2018 marking the third decade in operation. Looking back at the evolution of the office park, there have been a number of significant changes and periods of growth. Today, the office park hosts a number of local and national businesses, including Capita, HMRC, Telefonica / O2 and HSBC.
Formerly known as Arlington Business Centre and prior to this, Systime Computers Corporate HQ, the land that White Rose Office Park stands on today, was previously occupied by a working farm.
Following the completion of the ABC building (Arlington Business Centre) in October 1982, the site began to see the production of computers rapidly rolling out of the business park. In June of the following year, the building was officially opened by HRH Princess Anne, now known as HRH the Princess Royal.
Several years later, in 1986, Systime was bought and taken over by an American computer company named Control Data Corporation. Following this production was scaled back, until at the end of 1987 the building was left empty, with all production relocation to the Apple Corporation.
The growth of White Rose Office Park
On the 15th January 1988, Systime and Raymond Mould, CEO of Arlington Securities, finalised a deal for the sale of the land and properties. The following two years saw a refurbishment project revitalise the building and subsequently let to a number of companies.
These companies included NatWest, who launched their switch card operation from the business centre and Barclays, who operated their home loan division from the location. In August of the following year, HSBC (then Midland Bank) took occupation of the then largest suite available at 74,000 sq ft. The business park has also seen a number of significant companies launch from the site, with First Direct and British Satellite Systems (later BSkyB) during its lifespan.
White Rose Office Park has been host to a multitude of businesses throughout the years, including Guardian Royal Exchange, The Automobile Association and BT Cellnet. With 270,000 sq. ft let in less than two years, the office park quickly became a core hub for UK businesses, in the north.
From Arlington Business Park to White Rose Office Park
In 2001, the office park was rebranded to White Rose Office Park, pending a decision from the owner, David Aspin. The rebranding occurred following the expansion of the park, expanding beyond what was previously a park containing only the ABC building. The state of the art office park takes its name from the White Rose of York, which is also known and recognised as the traditional symbol of Yorkshire.
A timeline of tenants
The White Rose Office Park has proven to be a popular location for both local and national companies. With the ongoing expansion of the park, including renovations and improvements to offer clients a better range of amenities and office spaces, our range of tenants has varied, seeing a number of both long term and short term occupants residing at the office park.
- Barclays home mortgage: 1988 to 1993
- NatWest Switch Card: 1988 to 1997
- British Satellite Broadcasting: 1988 to 1990
- Cable Data: 1988 to 1995
- Automobile Associations: 1988 to 1998
- Midland Bank/HSBC Special Mortgage Division (originally the home of First Direct & project Raincloud): 1988 to present day
- Guardian Royal Exchange: 1989 to 1994
- BT Cellnet/Capita (Cellnet, O2, Telefonica, Capita): 1989 to present day
30 years of the White Rose Park Office Park
Since then, White Rose Office Park is host to an abundance of companies, offering a wealth of facilities available to businesses both large and small. More and more property investors and national businesses are now looking to the north, and Leeds in particular, to move their company HQ and operational offices to the highly popular location.
Our current occupants of the office park include; WSP, Telefonica / O2, Capita, Twinkles Nursery, Elliott Hudson College, HSBC and HMRC. As one of Leeds’ foremost office location, our abundance of onsite facilities ensure that our clients are well catered for at White Rose Office Park. From great transport links, a selection of shops and amenities and great transport links, White Rose Office Park continues to deliver an exceptional experience for our tenants after 30 years of growth and success.
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