Springhead Mills Residential Development – Leeds
Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley created concept designs for a residential development on the 4.64 acre site of a redundant series of industrial buildings at Springhead Mills in the West Yorkshire town of Guiseley, which originally opened in 1842.
The town has been shaped by its long history and its character today relates to its past development as a booming industrial mill town in the 19th century. Today Guiseley is a desirable commuter town with local amenities, good schools, close proximity to the countryside and excellent rail links to Leeds, Bradford and Ilkley.
Springhead Mills is the last sustainable site of significance in Guiseley and is adjacent to green space and close by the rail station. The site consisted of 90,318 ft² of deteriorating buildings of varying construction and design. The regeneration of the site provides an opportunity to develop a brownfield site, creating the potential for this underused space to contribute to its surrounding context and to the setting of the adjacent conservation area.
The new development provides 54 much-needed family homes and brings the site back into beneficial use. The development will provide benefits for the wider community through improved permeability and connectivity between surrounding streets and open spaces.
The design responds sensitively and creatively to the character and historic context of the town. The plans will re-introduce activity to area and will open up and connect two underused areas of existing open space adjacent to the site. Part of the client’s land was used to increase the size of the adjacent parkland.