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The Round Foundry


Location Client Cost Completion Awards
Holbeck, Leeds, UK CTP St James £18m phase one 2004 phase one 10

Project details

New life for a major heritage site.

We kept the existing street pattern but enhanced the close-grained fabric of the block with a series of courtyards linked by separate pedestrian and vehicular routes.

We repaired and converted the existing structures for a range of residential and commercial uses.

The aesthetic of the area was preserved while boosting floor space with carefully balanced new infill buildings that varied between two and six storeys.


  • regenerate an historic urban city area for a mix of new functions
  • preserve the fabric and appearance of seven listed buildings
  • maintain the character of the world’s only surviving first-generation engineering works


  • 6,975 sq m (75,000 sq ft) of new commercial and retail space
  • better linkages and cross-site routes for pedestrians
  • 94 new apartments, including affordable housing
  • full provision for parking and other amenities
  • new attraction for Leeds
  • awards include RICS Award 2005 and British Council of Offices Special Regional Award 2004

Integrated services

architecture, landscape architecture, acoustics, lighting