Channel 4 confirms plans for The Majestic as National HQ

Channel 4 confirms plans for The Majestic as National HQ

Channel 4 has confirmed it is advanced negotiations to take space at The Majestic for its new national headquarters in Leeds.

The broadcaster is planning to lease more than 25,000 sq ft of space on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the building from Rushbond Group.

The offices will be home to Channel 4 roles from across the organisation as well as a major hub for its news division

The negotiations are being led by CBRE on behalf of Channel 4 and it is envisaged that the broadcaster will move in to the building in the second half of 2020.

Ahead of the move, 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 2019.

In the interim, it will lease a smaller space in Bruntwood's Platform building in the city centre from May.

The Majestic is located the heart of Leeds city centre, overlooking the City Square and opposite Leeds Railway Station. It originally opened as a cinema, restaurant and ballroom in 1922 and is currently undergoing a major redevelopment by owner Rushbond Group.

Jonathan Allan, Channel 4's chief commercial officer, said: "Leeds offered a wealth of potential locations for our National HQ but the Majestic really stood out as an iconic building which will put Channel 4 at the heart of the city centre.

"It's an incredibly impressive redevelopment and offers the right mix of location, connectivity and space for our organisation and great facilities for our staff and our partners in the industry."

Mark Finch, Rushbond director - real estate, added: "We are delighted to be working with Channel 4 and assisting in the delivery of its National HQ to Leeds.

"The ongoing development repositions this iconic and much loved building in the City Square landscape and Channel 4's decision affirms the undoubted calibre of the Majestic."

The new national headquarters in the Majestic will accommodate staff from a range of different departments, including the managing director, nations and 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 its news hub in the building and will regularly co-anchor the programme from a new studio, which will be built within the space.