This business centre is positioined in the middle of Leeds in Wellington Place, which covers 21 acres and will ultimately provide over three million square feet of offices, residential, hotel, retail and leisure facilities. Extensive River Aire frontage, inspiring public spaces and piazzas and galleries add to its appeal. This development on a grand scale is designed to act as a catalyst for securing Leeds' status as the country's second commercial centre. The vision is to provide an environment that will draw the businesses of the future to this already thriving city. Leeds is already the UK's largest centre for financial and business services outside London with over 30 national and international banks based in the city. Over 120,000 people are employed in knowledge-intensive occupations, making it the largest centre outside the capital for knowledge-based industries, too. It is also known as a top legal centre and has the country's third largest manufacturing base.