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New KPMG headquarters for Leeds

Construction plans have been announced for a new 60,000 sq ft office building to act as the new headquarters for accountancy consultancy KPMG in Leeds.

Muse Developments has secured the contract for the construction phase of the project, with the new building to be sited on Sovereign Street.

The project forms part of a wider local council/Muse redevelopment plan, which will also witness the construction of two further office buildings in the coming months.

First proposed in 2008, the £115million KPMG project had to be put on hold following the onset of the global economic downturn. However, plans are now in place to get the scheme back on track, with the construction works the first major redevelopment plans to have taken place in the city since 2006.

David Wells, development director at Muse Developments, said: "We are very excited about the opportunity for Muse to undertake its first major office development in Leeds city centre and we look forward to working closely with our partners to deliver one of the few pre-let, Grade A office buildings to be proposed in the city over the next few years."

He added that Muse has an excellent relationship with the local authority and he hopes this latest collaboration will be both fruitful and productive for all parties involved.

Elsewhere in the West Yorkshire city, the Homes and Communities agency (HCA) recently announced a landmark achievement for the Low Impact Living, Affordable Community - LILAC - self-build cooperative project.

LILAC has witnessed completion of the construction of its first home, with the scheme utilising materials such as straw bales to deliver new properties that are 100 per cent sustainable, with low emissions. It is the first of many such projects across the UK, with the HCA keen to see more Brits take up the challenge of building their own green property. 

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