Ironworks will be the next development in Holbeck Urban Village and the first residential scheme to feature town houses. This is the next chapter for the area which is already home to 150 fast-growth businesses and 7 independent food and drink venues, It was the winner of the UK and Ireland’s ‘Best neighbourhood’ at the 2015 Urbanism Awards.
The design for this new development of apartments and townhouses in Holbeck, Leeds, references the historic structures that previously occupied the site – a mill and a forge. Local Leeds firm Nick Brown Architects have situated apartments in a ‘mill’ building, with ‘chimneys’ concealing lift shafts and ventilation. The lower-rise ‘forge’ building will contain townhouses. All will sit around a private landscaped garden and courtyard, which will ingeniously hide the car parking beneath and ensure that there is active frontage on all sides.
Every Ironworks home will benefit from ample natural daylight and an undulating roofline orientated to optimise sunlight and the use of photovoltaic panels to generate power. There will be private in-set balconies, roof-top terraces and hidden raised gardens for individual properties as well as areas of publically accessible open space, including the highly praised and much loved ‘Wonderwood’ art park.
The homes will be located within the footprint of the much publicised Leeds South Bank – an area set for major redevelopment which stretches from Holbeck across the city to Leeds Dock, with excellent access to the city centre and national transport routes. The area was recently enhanced with the new southern entrance to Leeds Railway Station and has truly over recent years become the City’s Creative Quarter.