Tower Works - as it currently stands with its imposing Italianate towers
Proposals for the redevelopment of the historic Tower Works in Holbeck Urban Village, have been released.
The site is being redeveloped by Yorkshire Forward as one of a series of flagship projects supported through its urban renaissance programme.
Selective demolition work at Tower Works is now complete and the site is ready for construction work to start.
Yorkshire Forward, which acquired the site in 2005, hopes work will start in April 2010 and complete by March 2011.
Tower Works, with its landmark Italianate towers, is a key site within Holbeck Urban Village, the focus of a major regeneration scheme which aims to develop a thriving new business and residential community in an area immediately to the south of the city centre.
Canalside view of the projected regeneration at Tower Works, Holbeck
Detailed planning permission for phase one of the scheme was granted early in 2009, with outline planning consent approved for the remainder of the site.
Tower Works will be a mixed-use development with an emphasis on sustainability. The first phase consists of the clearance of redundant buildings and the restoration of two listed buildings, converting them for commercial use.
A projected image of the main square in the Tower Works regeneration
When this first phase is complete, Tower Works will offer 18,000 sq ft of serviced office accommodation.
In keeping with the aspirations for Holbeck Urban Village, future phases will include shops, bars and cafes at ground level and offices and residential apartments above.
The total office space generated by the whole development will be over 110,000sq ft. The scheme will include 150 residential units and approximately 8,000 sq ft of retail or leisure space.
Completion of the first phase will de-risk the project and enable a private sector developer to be appointed to deliver the further phases.