We’re pleased to announce the completion of our new £25m development, as Leeds City College’s new Printworks Campus opened its doors for the first time in September 2013.
The state-of-the-art campus, on the site of the former Alf Cooke Works, was created in partnership between us and Leeds City College to offer students an inspiring and distinctive education – and to further regenerate the South Bank, an area of Leeds which is close to our heart.
We’ve been active in the regeneration of Leeds’ South Bank for many years, spearheaded by the Brewery Wharf development along the River Aire. Our Managing Director, Jonathan Maud, believes that the South Bank will expand its pivotal role in the city’s story, commenting,
“The River has for many years acted as the edge of the City – now it’s very much in the centre of the action. Waterfront developments such as Brewery Wharf and New Dock have provided a living environment which, allied to the investment by the City College and others, has strengthened the area’s role as a place to work, shop and learn as well as live.
“The South Bank includes the former Tetley Brewery, New Lane, Bridge End and Asda House and provides a link between the traditional City Centre core and the Riverside to the north, Holbeck Urban Village to the west, the Aire Valley to the east, and the residential communities of Beeston Hill and Holbeck to the south.
“The closure of the Brewery marked a turning point in the City’s history but the new contemporary visual arts centre ‘The Tetley’ on the site will form a central piece of the South Bank and with the planned new Leeds College of Building the whole ‘South Bank’ concept is taking off. Our Printworks Project has breathed new life into this landmark building, not only important in terms of the heritage of the City but also in terms of the City providing state-of-the art education facilities, with more people being in the South Bank area generally.”
Jonathan concludes, “There is so much good sentiment surrounding the South Bank and we know from our experiences developing Brewery Wharf, which has become one of the most successful mixed use schemes Leeds has ever seen, that people want to visit, live and work in this part of Leeds.”