Restoration set to start for Leeds Tower Works

An artist's impression of the Tower Works site in Leeds.
An artist's impression of the Tower Works site in Leeds.
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Restoration work is set to begin on a trio of landmark Italian-style towers at Leeds’s historic Tower Works.

Qualified steeplejacks are set to scale the Giotto Tower, Verona Tower and Little Tower to carry out extensive work including brickwork repointing and repairs.

Debris will also be removed from the base of the Giotto Tower and gold-coloured, glass tiles will be repaired and replaced.

The striking towers originally acted as dust extractors for a factory founded by T.R Harding which made steel pins for the textile industry.

Members of Leeds City Council’s executive board agreed to accept a transfer of the freehold ownership of the towers from the Homes and Communities Agency two years ago.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said the site will act as a “catalyst” for regeneration.

He said:“The Italian towers at Tower Works are among the city’s most recognisable and unique landmarks and the site as a whole is a hugely important part of the city’s heritage.

“It is vital that we preserve buildings like this to protect the character of Leeds and so they can act as a catalyst for the sympathetic regeneration of neighbouring sites.”

Repair work to the towers will be funded using a contribution from the Homes and Communities Agency, given to the council to protect and preserve the towers.

The Tower Works development will become a key element of the Holbeck Urban Village (HUV).

Coun Lewis added:“The further development of Tower Works is an integral part of the genuinely transformative vision for Holbeck Urban Village and the South Bank.

“The South Bank Programme is one of the most exciting and ambitious development opportunities anywhere in the UK.”