THE office agency team at CB Richard Ellis in West Yorkshire has been handed the job of marketing a major city development.

Ripley Capital, working with Formal Investments, has been awarded planning permission to redevelop and extend the 1980s building at 21 Queen Street, Leeds, to create a 37,000sq ft high quality Grade A office building.

The work, which includes adding two new floors and installing sustainable features such as PV Cells and electric car charging, will begin next January for completion in January, 2013.

Jonathan Shires (pictured) , director of office agency at CB Richard Ellis, said the project was one of the most exciting in the city centre.

He said: “With more than 1m sq ft of lease events due in the Leeds City centre market in the next few years, 21 Queen Street is well placed to attract occupiers seeking high quality accommodation in the core of the city’s business district.”

CB Richard Ellis joins Jones Lang La Salle/King Sturge as joint office agents.