Plans for £80m regeneration of Leeds pin factory site take step forward

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PLANS for one of Leeds’s biggest regeneration projects – the £80m revival of a historic pin factory site – have been submitted to the council.

Construction firm Carillion announced it has submitted its planning application to Leeds City Council to regenerate the Tower Works site in Holbeck.

The designs will see the former industrial site at Leeds’s South Bank brought back to life with a cinema, brewery, apartments, office space, retail units and a new public square.


Over half of the development will be for public and pedestrian use, offering views of the Italianate Towers, which give the site its name.

The cinema will take over the site’s Grade II-listed Engine House, which is one of five listed structures at the site.

The factory produced steel pins from 1860 to 1981.

Speaking about the project, Gareth Jackson, development director at Carillion, said: “With iconic buildings, canalside living, great transport links and proximity to the city’s prime civic locations, it’s emerging as Leeds’s most exciting place to live and work.”

Ben Marston, director at architects Jestico and Whiles, which is working on the designs, said: “Holbeck is one of the most exciting regeneration projects currently under way in the UK.

“The team has worked hard to respond to Holbeck’s special character while making the site a permeable place people will want to live and work in, as well as visit.”

The planning application for Tower Works follows on from the announcement last month that Carillion had signed a contract with the Homes and Communities Agency to deliver the regeneration of Tower Works.

Speaking previously, councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning for Leeds City Council, said: “Tower Works really is one of the most important of Leeds’s landmarks, with its beautiful Italian towers representing both our rich industrial heritage and our commitment to drive the city forward in a sustainable and imaginative way.

“This proposed new development could enhance existing plans for Holbeck Urban Village and the wider South Bank area and act as a catalyst for further regeneration.”

Construction work is expected to begin in Spring 2016.