Plans for both buildings will see an overall increase of 12,000 sq ft, delivering opportunity for further growth, regeneration and redevelopment of historic buildings and the inclusion of purpose-built, innovative collaborative work and event spaces.
The Leeds extension will be a sympathetic addition to the historic Small Mill building near the Royal Armouries and Leeds Dock. The building was once a malting house, the biggest in the country, as part of the Tetley empire and still retains two old grain stores.
In Sheffield a major conservation, redevelopment and regeneration project will see the once derelict steel forgery Albert Works transformed into the firm’s new HQ, kick starting a redevelopment programme in the area.
The projects are very much local business affairs as we work with a number of Leeds and Sheffield businesses that include Yorkshire Design Group and specialist low-carbon architects Cartwright Pickard in Leeds, the Leeds and Sheffield offices of legal firm Irwin Mitchell, and in Sheffield City Estates, Interior Architects 93ft Design, property agents Knight Frank Sheffield, construction and property consultants Castle Owen and construction outfits, contractor JP Mooney and M&E consultants Shearstone Mechanical.
Both developments are due for completion in early to mid-2017 and feature a raft of local businesses throughout the development.
Jaywing CEO UK & Australia, Rob Shaw, said, “These announcements come hot on the heels of news of a solid organic growth performance in the UK last year, particularly in an industry that is not consistently sharing in UK growth success. At Jaywing, we’re committed to developing new talent, regeneration, local community and environmental improvement. We’re thrilled to be involved in a number of projects that support this vision, with the attraction and retention of the best talent our region has to offer and an outward face that reflects our values in the best, most high-tech design and combined with our rich, northern industrial character and heritage.”
“With major transport links on our doorstep in both locations and deepening links with our local universities, we will increase our profile and attractiveness as a major creative and agency industries employer in the north, with all it has to offer as a place to live and work; culturally, historically and environmentally. One of the most rewarding aspects of these projects is that they involve local businesses and academia. Plus we’re very much in support of the ambitions of the Northern Powerhouse, with Leeds and Sheffield key to this.”