Leeds Dock, the city’s first bespoke hub for the tech, media and creative industries, will shortly be welcoming a new concept in managed workspaces, on the site of a former casino.
The new space will open in October of this year, and the owners are currently looking for founding members for the four-floor site located at Leeds Dock.
A number of early-doors tenants have already been confirmed, including Glean, a business specialising in educational technology. Glean has already relocated 80 of its employees to work in the Department community space.
Flexible amenities for creative businesses
Department Leeds Dock can offer companies space for up to 70 employees with a range of high-end working amenities including kitted hot desks for flexible staff, resident desks for permanently located staff, private work studios, events and meeting spaces, premium suites and studios for content creation and production services.
The company’s managing director, Anthony Powell, said that company workspaces had transformed over the past two years and that today’s businesses were looking for greater flexibility, adaptability to their unique needs, and spaces that were ‘more than just a workplace’.
He explained that they had already had prior success in Manchester with its Bonded Warehouse. This warehouse is now home to thriving communities of creative businesses that share facilities, creativity and ideas, and which generate added value for employees across different firms.
Mr Powell said: “We’re excited to be bringing our concept to Leeds and to support the creative and media communities.”
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About Leeds Dock
Formerly Clarence Dock, Leeds Dock was created in 2012 after an ambitious regeneration programme that transformed the traditional dockland into a thriving creative community hub. Today, Leeds Dock is home to 11 creative businesses including Sky Studios, North Star, Mumtaz, IseePr, Primal Gym, Hatch, Stantec and CitiParc.
Leeds Dock is a leading enterprise zone in Leeds and a buzzing destination for events, community and culture, enterprise and creative innovation. The Dock hosts light and music events, is home to restaurants and other service businesses and is constantly innovating, with services such as floating boat workspaces, and a water-based events platform. It also makes use of design-led building regeneration which brings cutting-edge architecture to the fore of this exciting hub.
Official government figures show that the UK’s creative digital and media industries generate nearly £13 million for the country’s economy every hour of the day. With growing demand across the world for the UK’s creative output, talent and technologies, the race is now on to create creative spaces that allow these industries to flourish and reach their full potential.