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Careyjones' twisting tower completes Granary Wharf 're-birth'

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Work has completed on this 21-storey ‘twisting cylinder’ in Leeds by careyjones architects

The circular red brick tower is the final scheme in a three-building £90 million development for ISIS Waterside Regeneration next to the city’s station.

Overlooking the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, the 160-flat Candle House sits next to Allies and Morrison’s City Inn hotel and CZWG’s brick, copper-and timber-clad 122-flat Waterman’s Place, which both finished late last year.

The 75m-tall building boasts the highest communal roof garden in the Yorkshire city.

The circular plan of the tower was the brainchild of Leeds Civic architect John Thorp who came up with the idea - initially a simple crayon drawing of a circle on a piece of paper - during an early planning meeting in 2005.

Mark Howe from project backer ISIS said: ‘The design of the building gave us some hurdles to overcome both in the planning and development of Candle House, but from the moment Thorp suggested a circular building, the entire team agreed that this was definitely the way to maximise the use of this striking waterside location.

‘Everyone who has worked on the project feels a great sense of achievement and pride as Candle House certainly stands out as a visually stunning development.’

The development will eventually be linked through to the station through a new gateway designed by Bauman Lyons Architects.

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