PwC has announced it will become the anchor tenant in One City Park, the brand-new grade A office space in Bradford’s Centenary Square.
All of PwC’s Bradford staff will relocate to the new, 27,050 sq foot office space across two floors by June 2024, allowing the firm to continue its expansion plans in the city and increasing its workforce to around 500 employees over the next few years. One City Park , built on the former West Yorkshire Police HQ site, features 56,403 sq foot of sustainable and modern workspace.
One City Park has been delivered by Muse in partnership with Bradford Metropolitan District Council, with direct support provided by West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.
Simon Dew, development director at Muse, said:
“This commitment from one of the world’s leading professional services firms is a boost to Bradford’s reputation as a desirable location for businesses to locate, grow and thrive. One City Park is part of a new chapter for Bradford, one which tells the story of a progressive, modern city where future generations will choose to live and work, attracted by the opportunity to fulfil their potential here.”
When it opened back in 2019, PwC’s Bradford office employed 66 people. This has since grown to 181, with around 29% of people under the age of 20. With one of the most diverse populations in the country, Bradford was chosen as the ideal location for PwC’s Audit support and Operate Managed Services functions, allowing the firm to invest in the city and unlock the talent in the area.
Armoghan Mohammed, Regional Market Lead for the North, PwC UK, said:
“One City Park is just one of the fantastic investments we’re seeing in Bradford at the moment. With the City of Culture 2025, the new Brit School for the North, Bradford Live and updated railway networks, the attraction for investment is growing, and the city along with it.
“We first moved to Bradford in 2019 recognising the incredible potential of the city’s young and diverse population. I grew up close to Bradford myself and remember a vibrant and diverse culture and educated population, it was easy to see the enormous opportunity that PwC saw.
“This new office space demonstrates the value and commitment we have in our people, clients and the local community in Bradford, and I’m extremely pleased to see the city also benefitting from the broader recognition and investment.”
Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council said:
“The completion of One City Park and the announcement of PwC as an anchor tenant is a watershed moment for Bradford. Their strategic investment here is a real demonstration of the confidence business has in Bradford and the new growth this will generate.
“One City Park sets off Centenary Square magnificently, complementing our historic City Hall across the mirror pool and beautifully bringing together the heart of the city. PwC as main tenants will bring additional jobs, skills and opportunities to the district for many years to come and we’re proud to have them as a central part of Bradford.
“A huge thanks to Muse and our construction partners for helping us realise this vision and bring the economic transformation of the city, and the district, a big step closer.”
One City Park is represented by commercial agents Knight Frank and Colliers. It boasts five floors of workspace and a roof terrace, flexible floor plans that can adapted to accommodate more agile working practices as well as promote wellbeing. It is designed to suit a range of businesses from home grown starts-up and SMEs, through to larger organisations and multi-national occupiers.