Client: Carillion Developments
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire
OOBE are working with Carillion Developments and Jestico + Whiles on Tower Works, a truly sustainable mixed used development providing a high‐quality living and working environment in the heart of Leeds city centre.
The former industrial site on the Leeds‐Liverpool canal forms an important part of the Leeds skyline, with its listed Verona Tower, Giotto Tower and the Little Chimney which give the site its name. The competition‐winning design balances high quality contemporary design with these existing heritage structures to provide a mixed‐use sustainable community with a distinctive sense of place.
The public realm, which takes up half the site area, sets the towers within an elegant masterplan that responds to the urban character of Holbeck, characterized by small intimate cobbled courtyards and connections through the former industrial landscape. The masterplan provides the flexibility required to respond to the multiple uses on site, with a strong inside outside connection that allows for internal functions to extend outdoors. A large public square is proposed at the heart of the development, connected to a network of smaller and more intimate spaces.
The site offers a fantastic opportunity to improve connectivity between the city centre, train station south entrance and neighbouring communities, and increase the amenity and ecological potential of the surrounding water bodies.