Over the course of the three year programme PwC intends to further develop a best-in-class commercial space offering, with each of the proposed schemes delivering demonstrable improvements over the previous office provision. In its role as project manager and quantity surveyor, Gleeds will be instrumental in achieving this objective.
The first projects to be carried out for the professional services giant under the new agreement include the relocation of the company’s Cambridge operation to a new premises at St John’s Innovation Park. Once complete, all staff in the city will be moved from their existing space at Castle Park to the new 12,195sq ft base in the Maurice Wilkes Building.
These works are to be undertaken in tandem with an 11,800sq ft expansion of PwC’s Central Square office in Leeds. The extension will take its total occupancy at the site to over 60,000 sq ft and will allow the firm to bring together some of its operations across Yorkshire and the North East, in line with its long-term plan to grow the business’ overall footprint outside of London.
Brian McArdle, director of Gleeds heading up the national team, said: “Gleeds has worked with PwC’s Real Estate team for just over three years now. In that time, we have become familiar with the business’ best practices and have also been able to bring our own experience from elsewhere in the industry to the fore. As a result, we have successfully delivered high profile schemes in Manchester and Leeds, with Birmingham currently underway, and are looking forward to seeing work begin on site under this new agreement later this year.”
As one of the leading professional services networks in the world, PwC employs just under 18,000 staff across 30 offices in the UK.