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Channel 4 confirms Leeds move

The broadcaster Channel 4 has confirmed its deal with the Rushbond Group for its new national headquarters to be at The Majestic in Leeds city centre.

The third, fourth and fifth floors of the building will become home to Channel 4, with teams from across the organisation coming together to operate out of the iconic building.

The Majestic first opened as a 2,400-seat cinema back in 1922, and has been redesigned and reconfigured to create 66,000 sq ft of future-focused office accommodation across seven floors.

The development is currently on-site, with construction due to complete in Spring 2020.  Channel 4 is scheduled to move into the new building later that year.

The broadcasting heavyweight made a definitive announcement of its arrival in Leeds recently by erecting a banner covering the entire front façade of the building, as part of its tongue-in-cheek Channel 4 Complaints campaign.

Channel 4’s Chief Commercial Officer Jonathan Allen, who has overseen the relocation process for the broadcaster, said: ‘The Majestic is an iconic building which will put Channel 4 at the heart of the city.  It’s a very impressive development, and the perfect location for Channel 4’s new national HQ.

‘We’re really pleased to be part of the regeneration of such a famous Leeds landmark and I know the Channel 4 team is really looking forward to moving in when the refurbishment is finished.’

Mark Finch, real estate director at Rushbond, said: ‘Leeds is now a vibrant, tech-driven city with a huge and growing pool of talent.  The Majestic sits proudly at its heart, and the transformation of this well-loved landmark is creating a leading-edge workspace with unrivalled amenity, location and cache.

‘Channel 4’s commitment to the building is a testament to the ambitious vision of the Leeds City Region, as well as the excitement and interest in the next chapter of the Majestic story.

‘The building offers an unparalleled opportunity for those looking to Leeds as a viable source for business growth, innovation and creativity.  To be alongside a stellar brand such as Channel 4, within a Leeds icon like The Majestic, is a rather special opportunity.’

Thomas Barrett
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