05 December 2019

Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure is the final addition to Merchant Gate, the mixed-use development in the heart of Wakefield town centre, taking the remaining office space at the scheme delivered by The English Cities Fund.

Morgan Sindall, the construction company, has signed a ten-year lease for 4,092 sq ft of quality Grade A space at No.2 Burgage Square.

The English Cities Fund is a strategic joint venture between urban regeneration innovators, Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England, working collaboratively with Wakefield Council.

Merchant Gate blends together Grade A office buildings, retail and leisure facilities, alongside 66 residential apartments, a new public square, along with a 1,500-space multi-storey car park and a new college for performing arts.

CAPA – Creative and Performing Arts College – is currently under construction at Merchant Gate and will welcome up to 500 students in the next academic year.

In addition, Merchant Gate is home to Wakefield Council’s civic offices, library and museum at Wakefield One.

Morgan Sindall is a sister company of Muse Developments, with both forming part of Morgan Sindall Group plc.

James Scott, development director of Muse in Yorkshire, said: “We’re delighted to welcome our sister company to Merchant Gate, a striking symbol of the remarkable renaissance of Wakefield.

“Merchant Gate, and strategic schemes like it in the city, are changing people’s perceptions of Wakefield. The city, benefitting from substantial investment, a proud history and an excellent location, is fast becoming one of Wakefield’s premier mixed-use destinations.”

The offices at Merchant Gate are 1 Burgage Square, 2 Burgage Square and Emerald House. Emerald House is let to HM Courts & Tribunals Service.

James added: “Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure has taken the opportunity to move to the very best new office buildings in Wakefield. Rents are competitive with first-class facilities.

“The offices are close to Wakefield Westgate Station, on the main Leeds-London line, while prime retail facilities at Merchant Gate will make the development ideal for leisure as well as working.”

Andy Hall, Managing Director of Morgan Sindall Construction’s Yorkshire and North East region, said: “We’re delighted with our fantastic new office and it’s great to be celebrating this move with our sister company Muse.

“This relocation signifies the start of an exciting new chapter for Morgan Sindall Construction in the region, as we look to build on our growth and success for the future.

“Our move to Wakefield represents a fresh start and investment in our people, and we look forward to building upon our relationships with local organisations and creating employment and training opportunities for local people. We’re now looking forward to the future in our new home and continuing to develop our presence across Yorkshire and the North East.”

The marketing agents of Merchant Gate are the Leeds offices of Knight Frank and JLL.