AROUND 1,000 people could work inside a famous city centre office building when it re-opens in April 2017, according to the developers behind the scheme.
Developer Bruntwood believes the 14-storey City House, which stands next to Leeds railway station, could accommodate everything from tiny start-up firms to global brands.
Bruntwood also hopes that City House could have direct access to the station.
Bruntwood bought the 120,000 sq ft City House in 2010 and obtained planning permission to redevelop the building, which dates from 1962 and has been empty for some time.
Craig Burrow, a director at Bruntwood in Leeds, told The Yorkshire Post that he believed the building could be occupied by a wide range of businesses. When completed, the revamped City House will feature a roof garden, business lounge and meeting and event space.
Mr Burrow added: “With a range of tech-savvy, design-led spaces and services available, it will be a place for big business, established brands, start-ups and ambitious entrepreneurs to grow and succeed alongside one another as part of a vibrant and sustainable working community.
“Physical, digital and social connectivity will be at its core.
“In the long term, we continue to work closely with Network Rail on the redevelopment of Leeds train station, and it is our hope that the future City House will be even more closely linked to the station with direct access on to the concourse.”
Originally named British Railways House and built to provide British Rail with administrative offices, City House was designed by Yorkshire architect John Poulson, who also designed Leeds International Swimming Pool.
Family-run Bruntwood has 142 buildings across its portfolio in Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham.