Plans unveiled for residential scheme in award-winning creative neighbourhood

Initial proposals have been unveiled for a new residential development – Ironworks – in Leeds’s Holbeck Urban Village [HUV] neighbourhood, located south of the city centre, at a public consultation hosted by specialists in sustainable development, Igloo Regeneration.

The public were invited by Igloo – a landlord within HUV since 2003 – to comment on the outlined plans, to inform and help shape the scheme ahead of a forthcoming planning application which will be submitted this month.

The proposed Ironworks scheme features 57 one and two bed apartments, 15 townhouses and 1,900sq ft of retail space, designed to reinforce the area’s industrial heritage. The planned homes, designed in collaboration with Leeds-based Nick Brown Architects, have been created with Igloo’s sympathetic approach to regeneration.

Ironworks will benefit from active frontage at ground floor and high quality public realm. Every home will benefit from ample natural daylight and an undulating roofline that is orientated to optimise sunlight and the use of photovoltaic panels.

The development will include high levels of private amenity space; in-set balconies, roof-top terraces, and hidden private raised gardens, as well as publicly accessible open spaces, including the highly praised and much loved ‘Wonderwood’ art park. 

The homes, located within Leeds South Bank which is set for major redevelopment, will also benefit from greater connectivity to the city centre and to national transport routes via the new southern entrance to Leeds railway station which is due to open this year.

This is the first residential scheme to feature houses in the Urban Village for a number of years, marking the next chapter for the area which is currently home to almost 150 fast-growth businesses and 7 independent food and drink venues, and was crowned the UK and Ireland’s ‘Best neighbourhood’ at the 2015 Urbanism Awards. 

Honor Massarella, Director at Igloo, said: “The public consultation was well attended and the response to our designs were extremely positive.

“We had some great feedback at the event but this was by no means the end of the process: we’re still welcoming comments from people who live, work and enjoy spending leisure time in the local area. Our Marshall’s Mill and Round Foundry developments have helped to put Holbeck Urban Village firmly on the map for creative and digital businesses.

“The residential plans are the next vital piece in the jigsaw for Igloo, to further strengthen the community that has been established over the last decade.”

If Igloo’s plans go ahead, work is due to begin on site this autumn, with construction scheduled for completion by 2017.

For more information or to offer feedback on the proposed plans please contact For news on the development or Holbeck Urban Village visit or follow @WeLoveHolbeck #Ironworksleeds

Foundry square CGI (c) Iain Denby
Foundry square CGI

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