Bauman Lyons has won a high-profile competition to revamp the historic Tower Works factory site next to Leeds railway station.
The locally based practice, which is part of a consortium led by developer ISIS, saw off five other bids, including proposals by Allies & Morrison, Make and Surface Architects ( Shortlist of six revealed for Leeds factory site
The prize project is seen as a 'flagship development' for the city's Holbeck Urban Village renaissance programme and will transform the abandoned 19th-century factory in Globe Road, a local landmark with its unusual Italianate towers.
Bauman Lyon's winning scheme is expected to create 150 homes, a new square and around 13,500m 2
of commercial space on the plot overlooking the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Yorkshire Forward, the project's backer, said talks with the ISIS consortium are not quite finalised, but the AJ understands a deal is expected to be signed in April.
Chris Hilton, Holbeck Urban Village project leader for Yorkshire Forward, said: 'The Tower Works site is an integral part of the renaissance programme.
'The aim is to create a sustainable community with a distinctive sense of place, while retaining the area's unique character by combining the rich architectural legacy of the industrial age with high-quality contemporary design.'
The first factory was built on the site in 1864 and was named Tower Works after the three impressive Italian-styled towers - one of which is believed to have been copied from the Giotto campanile in Florence.
Work is expected to start on site late next year. by Richard Waite