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LEEDS Telecoms giant Cable & Wireless is said to have abandoned plans to open a new regional office and web hosting facility at the Thorpe Park Business Park near Leeds, West Yorkshire. Construction of the 22,605 sf is already well advanced and it is due to be completed in the summer 2001. But, according to researchers at businessparks.net, Cable & Wireless has now instructed GVA Grimley to market the building.

Thorpe Park is a joint venture company between Severn Trent Property, Teesland and GMI Holdings In addition to Cable & Wireless tenants at Thorpe park already include the National Grid, Regus and Time Retail Finance. Also under construction is a 123 bedroom, 4 star hotel for Shire Inns.

The developers ar enow planning to collaborate with the University of Leeds in the development of a knowledge campus. The Knowledge Economy Campus will offer companies high quality business space and an advanced communications infrastructure with the benefit of access to the University’s knowledge transfer activities, research base, executive training programmes and graduates. It will provide space for knowledge-based growth businesses such as internet service providers, software houses, digital content and creative media providers.

DTZ Debenham Tie Leung is advising the developer.

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