Jestico + Whiles won a developer-led competition with Carillion Developments for Tower Works, a key development site within the redevelopment of Leeds South Bank area. 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. The regeneration project will create a mixed-use, sustainable development providing commercial offices, affordable and private housing, retail, and leisure spaces. 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. Half the site area is given over to permeable public space, including a new square at the heart of the development. Construction is expected to complete in 2020.
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