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Yorkshire Forward prepares Tower Works decision

Work on a collection of listed Leeds-based landmarks is set to get moving next year when regional development agency Yorkshire Forward announces the winning contractor to transform the site

The iconic Tower Works is to become a £20 million mixed-use site, incorporating the famous three towers that stand out on the city skyline.

For the past few months, the Grade II*- and Grade II-listed structures have been undergoing refurbishment, but Yorkshire Forward plans to create office space on the site to complement the Round Foundry Media Centre.

After appointing a contractor in March, it expects work will begin in the Holbeck Urban Village in April.

The site’s eye-catching towers were built by Colonel Thomas Harding in the 19th century, and are modelled on Italian designs – the two ornate structures taking inspiration from Florence’s Giotto tower and the Lamberti tower in Verona, while the plain one is thought to represent a Tuscan tower house.

The two decorated towers once acted as chimneys for a former pin factory.



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