Firm moves to Merchant Gate

official launch of phase one of Wakefield's Merchant Gate scheme. 'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
official launch of phase one of Wakefield's Merchant Gate scheme. 'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

A SECOND company will move into a city centre regeneration scheme which stood empty for months after failing to attract business occupants.

Apprenticeships provider Zenos will take a 4,000 sq ft space on a 10-year lease at Merchant Gate, next to Westgate railway station.

The firm, which will move its training centre from Fryer Way, Ossett, will join pawnbroker’s Albemarle and Bond, which announced in May it would move its UK headquarters from Leeds to the site.

Jason Moss, managing director of Zenos, said: “Zenos is growing at a remarkable rate and the Merchant Gate office provided a great opportunity for us.

“By moving our Wakefield base into the city centre it will make it so much easier for our learners to reach our offices, especially given Merchant Gate’s close proximity to the train and bus stations.”

Merchant Gate, which includes 47,000 sq ft of office space, 35,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, 66 flats, a public square and multi-storey car park has been deserted since its launch last September.

Now both firms will move in at the end of the summer - and Merchant Gate developer the English Cities Fund (ECF) hopes their arrival will attract cafes and restaurants to the scheme.

Emma Cordingley, development director of ECF, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Zenos to Merchant Gate. This is yet another sign of how national companies are recognising the benefits of Wakefield as a strong commercial office base.”

Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said the move showed business in the city was performing well despite weak economic growth UK-wide.

Coun Jeffery said: “This move shows us that, like us, they have confidence in Wakefield as a place to do business.”