PROP­ERTY PEO­PLE

Jake Wilde, fa­cil­i­ties man­ager at prop­erty spe­cial­ist Town­gate PLC, based in Brig­house.

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS / COMMERCIAL PROPERTY -

What are the prospects for the prop­erty sec­tor in York­shire?

It’s a busy time for com­mer­cial prop­erty – the news of Chan­nel 4 select­ing Leeds as its new home, as well as the area wit­ness­ing its largest ever com­mer­cial let­ting – a 25-year lease on a 378,000 sq ft space. Com­pa­nies are now also fo­cussing on em­ployee ben­e­fits, and a ware­house space must cater for this, as well as the over­all busi­ness needs. You only need to look at the num­ber of units ap­pear­ing across York­shire, to know they are much more than ‘large sheds’.

What is the best pro­ject you’ve been in­volved in?

A full re­fur­bish­ment of a stun­ning 1890s stone faced of­fice build­ing in Head­in­g­ley. It had been left empty for a num­ber of years, so to re­store it to some of its pre­vi­ous glory – whilst also mod­ernising it in other ar­eas – was a great per­sonal achieve­ment for me.

What is your favourite build­ing in the re­gion?

Leeds Town Hall is still the num­ber one build­ing for me in the re­gion. I look at the in­tri­cate de­sign of it and won­der how they man­aged to com­plete it in just five years. I love how it’s still rel­e­vant to­day, and that it of­fers so much for the com­mu­nity.

If you could change one thing to im­prove the prop­erty in­dus­try in the re­gion, what would it be?

The re­gion has gone from strength to strength, for ex­am­ple, Leeds has Vic­to­ria Gate, Trin­ity and the Corn Ex­change, Hull achieved cap­i­tal of cul­ture and Brad­ford has the Broad­way. With ven­tures like these, there’s no sur­prise that this has a knock-on ef­fect and oth­ers want to sim­i­larly bring their busi­ness to York­shire. With that comes the need for more com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial prop­er­ties – each one bet­ter than the last.

Whom do you ad­mire most in the York­shire prop­erty in­dus­try?

I ad­mire Cuth­bert Bro­drick, not only for his work on Leeds Town Hall, but also be­cause half of Leeds drink in bars named af­ter him over­look­ing many of his build­ings.

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