Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan with his Lloyds group counterpart Charlie Nunn. Credit: via Citypress

GALLERY | Ribbon cut on Lloyds’ Leeds base

Lloyds Banking Group has opened its new Leeds city centre hub at 11 & 12 Wellington Place, where it signed for 124,000 sq ft in the largest UK regional office deal of 2023.

The Wellington Place offices were officially opened by Charlie Nunn, the bank’s group chief executive, on Tuesday 18 June, with Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan, who is set to depart the local authority, also touring the premises.

Key features at what is billed as Leeds’ most sustainable office range from an all-electric reversible air source heat pump system and air-cooled chillers to triple-glazed windows and a 7,500 sq ft solar panel farm.

The workspace has achieved the maximum NABERS energy efficiency rating of 5* in addition to an ‘Outstanding’ rating from BREEAM, the only building in Yorkshire with these combined accreditations. The building was designed by tp bennett.

Riordan said: “It was great to see this impressive office space first-hand and to hear more about Lloyds’ support for our city-wide efforts to make Leeds cleaner and greener. We want to ensure the city keeps moving towards our shared ambition of making Leeds carbon neutral by 2030, and it’s only with the help of our communities, partners, and businesses that we can accomplish that.

“Having a recognised name like Lloyds Banking Group playing their part by making such a strong commitment to the city and its future will also be hugely beneficial.”

Lloyds committed to the building, within the business-led Leeds district developed by Federated Hermes MEPC, in March last year.

Nunn said: “We’re proud to have made a major office investment in Leeds, with our new premises at Wellington Place. With first-class sustainable systems to heat, cool and power the space, this is one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the region and great example of what’s possible across the UK.

“Considerable thought and care has gone into the entire site, in order to create a biodiverse environment which is a brilliant place to visit, work and enjoy. This long-term, sustainable investment in Yorkshire’s infrastructure will support our colleagues, customers and communities, now and for the future.”

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