The iconic Temple Mill (also known as Temple Works) – in Holbeck Urban Village, on the southern edge of the city centre – is set for massive regeneration as an international events and arts venue.
The building was an acclaimed architecture gem of Victorian Leeds, a major local business employing thousands of local people – and famous as the mill where they kept sheep on the grassed roof! (An innovation to maintain humidity inside the mill.)
It is nowadays one of just four Grade 1 listed buildings in Leeds (not including churches) – but has in recent decades fallen into redundancy and decay. In autumn 2008 in particular, a large chunk of the roof and front facade collapsed.
However, a new locally-based charitable trust has in the past month bought the building from the reclusive Barclay brothers, and just this week announced their hugely ambitious plans for it: namely, over the coming five years, to transform the building into an events and arts venue of international stature. The trust are also negotiating with Leeds City Council to acquire land either side of the building – to then incorporate housing, retail, business and landscaping into the wider project.
The trust are just now preparing a major Heritage Lottery bid, are also talking with HM Treasury, and are looking to work with a wide range of local stakeholders – such as the proposed Holbeck Highline project, which runs immediately behind the development. Further plans are due to be published in the coming months, subject to the successful development of the scheme – these will of course be featured here on South Leeds Life.