A residential build to rent development.
To help boost the ambitious plans for housing growth in the city.
As a key part of the emerging South Bank regeneration area and set within one of the most distinctive waterside developments in Leeds city centre, the historic Tower Works area will be transformed into a bustling place to live and work. Notable for its three listed 19th Century Italian inspired towers, this historic location will feature carefully designed contemporary apartments available for rent which will be set within new public squares. Pedestrian routes connecting the city centre with the Holbeck Urban Village neighbourhood are also included. The site is now being prepared to begin development at the end of the year.
Together with our with our joint venture partner Richardson and our contractor Sir Robert McAlpine, we are delighted to announce the completion of this transformational residential development in Leeds city centre.
Delivery of this project has been a highly collaborative effort from the outset and is a real achievement for the team to now handover of this landmark scheme to L&G which together with the adjacent Mustard Wharf development, will now create a new neighbourhood delivering 500 homes and over 15,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.
We are again delighted to be a sponsor of Light Night Leeds which is taking place throughout the city centre on 13 and 14 October.
This superb annual event, which is now well established in the city’s arts and culture calendar, sees Leeds city centre illuminated with up to 50 light installations, each one designed by either local or international artists.
2022 is the third year of our support for the event and is part of our commitment to the city as we bring forward Tower Works, scheduled for completion in spring next year, with our nominated installation ‘Infinity Pools’ by UK-based Studio Vertigo. Based at Granary Wharf, the floating circular mirror sculptures transform into endless light tunnels, like portals in time and space that are revealed only in the evenings.
The multi-coloured Infinity lights vary in size and will be placed around the docks with the dramatic effect of appearing to descend deep into the water. The artworks play with the visual experience that observers feel when close to the sculptures, if close enough they could be pulled inside, drawn downward into voids where time and space appear absent and still.
A great event took place yesterday to celebrate the topping out of Tower Works in Leeds city centre – a significant milestone in this canal-side residential development.
In keeping with Sir Robert McAlpine’s Scottish roots, a piper led guests to the rooftop where a lucky evergreen bough was secured at the building’s highest point, a tradition which dates back to Roman times to ward off evil spirits. A toastmaster officiated while works manager Kevin Carr and Ask Real Estate managing director John Hughes exchanged a ceremonial tankard and shared a traditional noggin of local ale to celebrate a ‘job well done.’
The scheme is on target to complete in April 2023.
We’re delighted to continue our support of Light Night Leeds which this year has a very special theme of Back to Nature.
Head to Granary Wharf to find these life-sized polar bear sculptures, created by artist Gemma Wood. You will see they are magnificent yet poignant, as they try to navigate their changing landscape. Broken up pieces of textile ice delicately sewn with printed decoration depict the warming oceans. As polar bears are added to the ‘vulnerable to extinction’ list, we appreciate and celebrate the awe-inspiring creatures and reflect on how losing this landscape, ultimately affects our own.
Part of the Waterways Trail, you can visit Polar on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th October between 6.30pm and 10.30pm.
Passers-by will have noticed that we have not one but two tower cranes now on site as development progresses at Tower Works. Since Sir Robert McAlpine’s team started on site at the beginning of the year we have now completed the site set up and undertaken much of the ‘behind the scenes’ work such as ground remediation, bulk excavation, drainage and piling.
Next up is the foundations, ground beams and pile caps and installation of utility services across site. Once complete we will move onto the next exciting, and more visible, stage which will see the concrete frame erected in August/September.
Our three landmark towers, Giotto, Verona and Little Chimney will of course be protected during the build programme and continue to form a much-loved part of the Leeds skyline as well as being a unique focal point for the scheme.
We are delighted to support Light Night Leeds which is the UK’s largest annual arts and light festival where we have sponsored a highly visible installation titled I MISS YOU. This text artwork created in Romania by Asociatia Daisler is now on display in the centre of the River Aire until the end of the year. With its simple yet striking message, it can be interpreted in many ways; missing friends and family, culture, art and festivals, normality and our lives as they once were.