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Jones Lang LaSalle Appointed Joint Office Leasing Agent on Merchant Gate in Wakefield

Leeds, 9th December 2010 - English Cities Fund (ECf) has appointed Jones Lang LaSalle as its joint leasing agents with King Sturge, to oversee the office units within its £140 million Merchant Gate scheme in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

Both agents will handle the 48,000 sq ft of new modern Grade ‘A’ office space created by this landmark scheme situated in the heart of the city and adjacent to the Westgate train station which connects Wakefield to London in just over two hours and Leeds in less than 20 minutes.

The office units at Merchant Gate are located across three buildings at 1 and 2 Burgage Square and Emerald House. They are situated next to an impressive public realm area which will boast shops, cafes and restaurants, whilst a new multi-storey car park has been built adjacent to the station.

Jeff Pearey, head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s National Offices team based in Leeds, said: “Merchant Gate comprises three brand new buildings which make up an impressive new business district and comprise some of the best offices currently available in Wakefield.  Part of an exciting, wider urban regeneration development which is reinventing the city, we are looking forward to working with ECf and King Sturge to extend the welcome to new occupiers into this exciting, vibrant scheme.”

Emma Cordingley, development director at English Cities Fund, added: “Having recently completed phase one, Merchant Gate is gaining great momentum, with several commercial enquiries coming through from national companies and local businesses such as cafes, restaurants and small independent retailers. Despite the economic climate, this landmark scheme - alongside developments such as Trinity Walk and the new Hepworth Gallery - are spearheading Wakefield’s current major urban regeneration programme.
“The enthusiasm and expertise from Jones Lang LaSalle’s team is a perfect fit with our existing advisers, Kings Sturge and fully supports our drive to be the first choice for companies of all sizes which need the best in efficiently designed and flexible office space in Wakefield.”

The Merchant Gate development is being delivered by ECf, a partnership between Muse Developments, Legal and General and national housing and regeneration agency the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), with financial support from Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, Yorkshire Forward and the European Regional Development Fund.