Leeds's Largest Out of Town Office Deal of 2014


LEEDS based property firm Rushbond Plc has completed Leeds’s largest out of town office deal of 2014, after letting a newly refurbished, five-story building that extends to 24,000 square feet near Horsforth, to global digital marketing agency Search Laboratory. 

Blokhaus is a landmark building located in a key commercial area on the Leeds outer Ring Road at West Park.  The building’s unique layout offers a large 12,000 square foot, contemporary open plan office space on the ground floor with a further four floors of flexible space above.  Property agents JLL and Carter Towler marketed the building on behalf of Rushbond. 

Search Laboratory was established in Leeds in 2005 and has quickly grown into one of the UK’s leading digital marketing agency specialising in pay-per-click, search engine optimisation, conversion optimisation and website analytics.  The company works with more than 250 clients across 18 countries and currently employs a 180 strong team at offices in Shadwell, Chapel Allerton, London and New York.  The company will merge both its Leeds offices into Blokhaus over the coming weeks. 

Richard Baker of Rushbond, says: “To let Blokhaus to Search Laboratory is fantastic for everyone involved and the fact this is the biggest out of town office deal in Leeds this year is great news for the region’s office market as a whole.  Blokhaus has been a key asset in Rushbond’s portfolio for more than 15 years and its prominence and location have always made it a highly sought after building.   

“We have also further enhanced its appeal by working closely with Search Laboratory on a striking refurbishment programme.  This has created a fantastic working environment that is both contemporary and extremely functional, and there’s no doubt it will give the Search Laboratory team the ideal platform to embark on their next phase of growth.” 

Ian Harris, CEO and founder of Search Laboratory, says: “Rushbond established an immediate understanding of our requirements and the company’s flexible approach has enabled us to adapt Blokhaus to create a building that is ideally suited to our business.  It will be fantastic to have our entire Leeds team all under one roof in a superb building that is flooded with natural light and features a modern interior and design style that creates an inspirational working environment.   

“It’s also ideally located, with great road access and is close to Leeds Bradford Airport which is important as we continually expand our global credentials with an increasing number of international clients.”

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