New restaurant, micro-brewery and cinema plans for historic Leeds factory site

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AN HISTORIC pin factory will be brought back to life with plans for a restaurant, micro-brewery bar and cinema.

Construction firm Carillion has been named as the preferred development partner for the Engine House scheme at Towers Works in Holbeck Urban Village.

The Grade II-listed building, which is owned by Leeds City Council, will include a restaurant and microbrewery bar on the ground floor and an art house cinema upstairs.

Gareth Jackson, development director at Carillion said: “Our team are developing a thoughtful and high-quality bar and restaurant offer which takes its cues from Holbeck and its emerging community and this announcement means we can begin conversations with independent cinema operators in earnest over the summer.”

Earlier this year, Carillion was announced as the preferred bidder for another part of the Tower Works site owned by the Homes and Communities Agency, which will include 112,000sq ft of office, retail, restaurant and bar space and 147 residential units. Another part of Tower Works has already been turned into offices.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: “The proposals will add further vitality to the successful independent food and drink sector in the South Bank.”

The site’s Engine House and famed Italianate towers are two of the five listed structures remaining from a factory that produced steel pins from 1860 to 1981.