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Burberry picks Stanton Williams for Leeds factory

Temple Works in Leeds
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The fashion brand has chosen Stanton Williams to design a new manufacturing and weaving facility in Leeds, which includes a revamp of the city’s Grade I-listed Temple Works

The 2012 Stirling Prize-winning practice has been commissioned to bring together two existing factories in Castleford and Cross Hills on a brownfield site in Holbeck, south of Leeds station.  

The new £50 million facility, which will employ 1,000 people when it opens in 2019, will become the main production centre for Burberry’s heritage trench coat.    

Later stages of the development programme will ’restore and renew’ the empty Temple Works building, an Egyptian-style former mill designed by the Bonomi Brothers in 1840, which was listed among the Victorian Society’s 10 most endangered buildings five years ago.

The building was renowned for its innovative engineering techniques and was used as a flax mill in the 19th century. It was also one of the first buildings with a green roof on which the mill’s owners, the Marshall family, kept sheep.

Announcing the project late last year, Burberry chief creative and chief executive officer Christopher Bailey said: ’Burberry is a proudly British brand and we are so excited that our plan for a new site in South Bank, Leeds, means that we will continue to produce our most iconic product – the trench coat – in this wonderful part of the country for many years to come.’

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