A planning application has been submitted for the Tower Works site in Leeds. OOBE, working with Carillion Developments and Architects, Jestico + Whiles, have developed landscape proposals for this 1.17 hectare site of a former factory complex which produced steel pins, owned by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Set within the Holbeck Urban Village conservation area, the site takes its name from the three Italianate Towers which, along with the Engine House and 6-10 Globe Road, are listed structures.

Carillion have recently been selected to deliver the first phase – restoration and repurpose of the Engine House into a restaurant and microbrewery bar with art house cinema. The Engine house sits within a generous new civic square at the heart of the Tower Works masterplan and the public realm proposals. Elsewhere a series of smaller, intimate spaces have been created inspired by the courtyards and found spaces typical of the industrial urban grain of this area of Leeds. The OOBE team have been inspired by the sites location on the Leeds-Liverpool canal and have particularly enjoyed bringing water into the site through the design of shallow edge pools and a dry plaza fountain.

Visual © Jestico + Whiles