Channel 4 is now close to confirming the buildings it will move into for its new Leeds national HQ and Bristol creative hub
The broadcaster is in “advanced negotiations” with Rushbond Group to lease space in their Majestic building in Leeds as its new National HQ.
Channel 4 will lease over 25,000 square feet of space on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the building, which will be home to Channel 4 roles from across the organisation as well as a major hub for Channel 4 News.
The Majestic sits at the heart of Leeds City Centre, overlooking the City Square and opposite Leeds Railway Station. Originally opened as a cinema, restaurant and ballroom in 1922 it is currently undergoing a major redevelopment by owners, Rushbond Group.
The new National HQ in the Majestic will accommodate staff from a range of different departments, including the Managing Director, Nations & Regions, programme commissioners, the new Digital Creative Unit – producing and commissioning content to reach audiences on digital and social platforms – and staff across a variety of creative, digital, operational and supporting functions. Channel 4 News will also base their news hub in the building and will regularly co-anchor the award-winning programme from a new studio, which will be built within the space.
The negotiations are being led by CBRE on behalf of Channel 4 and it is envisaged that Channel 4 will move in to the building in the second half of 2020. Ahead of moving into the Majestic, Channel 4 is agreeing terms with Bruntwood to lease space in the West Gate development on Grace Street in Leeds City Centre – and will begin to move staff there from September this year. In the interim, Channel 4 will lease a smaller space in Bruntwood’s Platform building in the City Centre from May.
Channel 4 is also in “advanced negotiations” with developer Cubex to locate its new Creative Hub at Finzels Reach, Bristol’s new waterfront quarter.
Channel 4 will lease 3,200 sq ft of space on the second floor of the Fermentation Buildings at Finzels Reach.
Commissioning departments represented in the new Creative Hub in Bristol will include: Drama, Factual, Popular Factual – as well as Creative Diversity, supporting on and off-screen diversity. It will also have additional supporting operational roles.
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