NHS Shared Business Services take lease at White Rose Park in significant Leeds deal

We have advised NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) on the acquisition of new office premises in significant office deal in Leeds.
December 8, 2021
We are pleased to announce that we have advised on one of the most significant office deals in the Leeds out of town office market this year, securing 12,414 sq ft of Grade A office space for NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS).

NHS SBS has taken a 10-year lease on the first floor at 1 Munroe Court in the heart of the White Rose Park in south Leeds, relocating from the nearby Capitol Park East by Junction 28 of the M62.

Our occupier advisory and agency teams supported NHS SBS with a strategic review of the occupation of their existing building and undertook a search for alternative premises boasting excellent amenities to support the organisation’s new ways of working for a post-Covid world.

Speaking of the move, Stephen Sutcliffe, Director of Finance and Accounting at NHS SBS, explained: “The emergence of Covid-19 required a rapid shift to remote working to safeguard our employees whilst also continuing to provide critical business services to NHS organisations across the country – enabling them to focus their efforts on the clinical response to the pandemic.

“Since then we have learned a lot about what has worked well for our teams and, as such, are adopting a more hybrid approach to our way of working. Moving to the new White Rose Office Park supports our aim of promoting individual wellbeing and a better work-life balance. When attending the office in future our employees will have access to facilities like an on-site nursery and a ‘Borrow-a-Bike’ scheme, whilst having more convenient access to public transport.

“With the White Rose Office Park’s environmental commitments, the move is also in step with our own sustainability efforts and the wider NHS aim of being the world’s first net zero national health service.”

1 Munroe Court which also comprises a further 12,414 sq. ft of available Grade A office space on the ground floor, is now undergoing a major refurbishment before NHS SBS occupies the space next summer. This involves a new reception and break-out spaces, high-tech features, electric vehicle (EV) charging points, 5G connectivity and PV roof panels.

David Aspin, Founder and CEO, Munroe K, added: “We are delighted to welcome another high quality occupier to White Rose Park. Their occupation in 2022 will coincide with the arrival of the new White Rose Railway Station, which adds the final transport spoke to our wheel. Staff will now be able to choose how they commute to the office, benefitting from easy access to cycle and walking routes, bus connectivity, as well as market-leading parking facilities.

“At White Rose Park, we never stand still in our provision of services for our community and have exciting plans for the future. 2022 will see the creation of a new outdoor gym and fitness area, additional biodiversity, more EV charging points, alongside measures to reduce our carbon footprint as we work toward net-zero and ESG ambitions. These new initiatives will complement our recently launched partnership with hero Wellbeing and the new WRP app,” said Mr Aspin.

Occupier Advisory partner, David Thomas advised NHS SBS, meanwhile Knight Frank acted for Munroe K to broker the deal. The Leeds offices of property consultancies CBRE & JLL also represent Munroe K.