The first phase of the Tower Works development comprised the restoration and extension of the Grade II listed entrance range. The building was almost at the point of being beyond economic repair – the (then) Homes and Communities Agency, having taken over from the Regional Development Agency, chose to redevelop the dilapidated entrance range building and undertake further enabling works on the wider site. This work safeguarded listed buildings, created a new valuable (and sought after) commercial space for start-up businesses in the Creative and Digital Sectors.
- The workspaces were future-proofed to offer grown-on space to cater for business expansion, and the site and buildings were designed for a light-touch management strategy, linking with established premises at the nearby Round Foundry Media Centre in Holbeck.
- The restoration and extension of the listed entrance range and delivery of high quality public realm, ahead of the rest of the site, has helped to establish the site as a connector between the City and Holbeck and pump-primed the site for future development.
- The project won the Best Altered Building at the Leeds Awards 2013.
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