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27 Mar 2015

Tower Works site in Leeds

Jestico + Whiles wins competition for listed industrial Tower Works site in Leeds

Design: Jestico + Whiles

Jestico + Whiles has won a developer-led competition with Carillion Developments for Tower Works, a key site in Leeds owned by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The former industrial site on the Leeds-Liverpool canal is located in the Holbeck Urban Village, a Conservation Area that features several listed buildings, including the elegant Italianate towers that lend the site its name.

Tower Works Site

The £80m regeneration project will create a 1.04 Hectares mixed-use, sustainable development providing commercial offices, affordable and private housing, retail, and leisure spaces. Tower Works will play a key role in improving connections between the previously developed parts of Holbeck Urban Village and the city centre.

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The competition-winning design had to carefully consider how a dense modern redevelopment could be integrated within the existing historic structures on the site. Great care has been taken in developing the masterplan to ensure that the new buildings are deferential to the listed buildings, and respect key views from surrounding approaches.

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Half the site area is given over to permeable public space, including a new square at the heart of the development.

Gareth Jackson, Development Director for Carillion Developments, said “I am delighted to have secured this site. We have a strong relationship with Jestico + Whiles and they never fail to deliver as a practice. Their proposal for Tower Works is a well-executed response to the Homes and Communities Agency brief and ultimately it was the design, and the value it created, which set us apart from our formidable competition. We are really looking forward to getting on site and delivering this excellent scheme in Holbeck.”

Ben Marston, Director at Jestico + Whiles, said: ‘‘We are thrilled to be working with Carillion Developments on this exciting project. Our proposals for Tower Works retain the special character of Holbeck whilst contributing to the revitalisation of this part of the city. It has been a chance for us to bring our experience of residential, commercial and retail design together with placemaking in a single project. We were delighted to learn that it was our design which made the bid stand out and as a Yorkshireman myself, I appreciate the significance of the project to Leeds.’’

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Naz Parkar, Executive Director at the HCA said: “Today’s announcement marks the start of our partnership with Carillion who will turn this empty space into a vibrant destination, with 147 homes, shops, restaurants and places to work, creating an important link between Holbeck and Leeds City Centre offering a place for local people to live, work and socialise in a spectacular canal side location only 5 minutes away from the city centre, that will help to kick-start the next phase of the regeneration of Holbeck Urban Village.”

The development will include 147 residential units; 92,000 sq ft of commercial office space and 20,000 sq ft of A1 & A3 retail, restaurant and bar spaces.

The construction works are set to start in January 2016.

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Tower Works site in Leeds – Building Information

A mixed use development situated in Holbeck Urban Village, Leeds City Centre:
• 147 Residential Units
• 92,000 sq ft Commercial Office Space
• 20,000 sq ft A1 & A3 Retail restaurant and bar spaces
• Development Value of £80m
• Construction due to start on site in January 2016

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Jestico + Whiles

18 Feb 2016
Planning Approval for Tower Works in Leeds
Tower Works development in Leeds
image : Forbes Massie
Tower Works in Leeds
Jestico + Whiles, as part of a team led by Carillion, has received unanimous planning consent from Leeds City Council for the Tower Works re-development in Leeds.




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