Yorkshire Forward and ISIS unveil Tower Works as part of the regeneration of Holbeck Urban Village

Regional development agency Yorkshire Forward and waterside regeneration experts ISIS have unveiled proposals for the redevelopment of the historic Tower Works site in Leeds at Mipim.

Tower Works will help in the regeneration of Holbeck Urban Village as a thriving business and residential community close to the centre of Leeds.

The mixed-use development will include 145,000ft² of offices, 154 studio and family homes, an artisan bakery, organic micro brewery, bars and cafes, as well as public open spaces.

Mike Finkhill, director of ISIS, said: “We are already involved in animating the waterfront at Holbeck with the redevelopment of Granary Wharf, and now with Tower Works, we believe Leeds will have one of the most exciting waterside communities in the UK.”

Heavily influenced by the art and architecture of the Italian renaissance, Tower Works was originally built as a factory owned by Colonel Thomas Harding, one of the founding fathers of the industrial revolution in Leeds.

The towers are modelled on the Giotto tower in Florence and the Lamberti tower in Verona, have been a landmark on the Leeds skyline ever since.

Chris Hilton, Holbeck Urban Village project leader for Yorkshire Forward, said: “The aim is to create a sustainable community with a distinctive sense of place, whilst retaining the area’s unique character by combining the rich architectural legacy of the industrial age, with high quality contemporary design.”