Tower Works
The Tower Works site, Leeds.
Rebecca Wayman

Planning application submitted for renowned Tower Works site in Leeds

Cedar (Maple Oak) Ltd has submitted a planning application to develop the historic Tower Works site on Globe Road in Leeds city centre.

Cedar is a company owned by the Richardson family, alongside its development partner Ask Real Estate Ltd. The plans were received by the city’s plans panel in April. Cedar (Maple Oak) Ltd has also selected its contractor which will be announced in the coming weeks and enabling works will start on site once planning approval is achieved.

The scheme will deliver two new residential buildings providing 245 one, two and three-bedroom build-to-rent apartments and duplexes to the south of the railway station, delivering much needed housing to complement the city centre offer.

Ben Holmes, real estate director for Richardson, said: “We are determined to move forward with our development plans for Tower Works as quickly as possible and are delighted to have already secured our main contractor.

“To ensure the scheme enhances and supports the existing business community, the South Bank regeneration programme and the city’s wider development plans, we have been working with the city council to evolve and refine the designs in recent months.

“We are ready to start work as soon as the planning process is completed and are excited to see this superb site developed for future generations to enjoy.”

Ground floor commercial uses will be created as well as new areas of public realm to enable a pedestrian route through from the city centre to the Holbeck Urban Village neighbourhood.

Established in the 1860s as a steel pin factory for carding and combing in the textile industry, Tower Works closed in 1981 and has needed regeneration for several years.

Ben continued: “With businesses like Channel 4 choosing Leeds we need to build homes and amenities which will help to attract talent and enhance city living and we believe Tower Works will be a popular location for the city’s future residents.

“We are also continuing our long-standing partnership with development managers Ask Real Estate to deliver the scheme.

“They are market leaders in commercial development and urban regeneration with significant experience working in partnership with both the public and private sector.”

The delivery team includes project managers and QS Faithful + Gould; Ryder Architecture and WSP Engineering.

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