Once the industrial heartland of Leeds, Holbeck Urban Village and the surrounding communities have been quietly reinventing themselves.
The unique architecture of Egyptian temples and Italianate towers are being transformed to provide new live and work space as the city centre expands, bridging the gap between city living and the suburban communities of Holbeck and Beeston. The regeneration of the area has only just started to scratch the surface, introducing bars, restaurants and cafes to an already diverse mix of community groups and social events.
The south side of the city is fast asserting itself as a destination rather than a regeneration project, and was recently named in the Yorkshire Evening Post as ‘the coolest corner of Leeds’. As new developments take shape and new businesses move in, the urban village is establishing a haven for independent retailers and artists alike, attracting audiences from across the region and beyond.
Added to a series of recent campaigns and festivals including urban gardening, a wildlife design competiton encouraging bio-diversity in the area, the annual Leeds Loves Food festival, the creation of new green spaces at Wonderwood and The Mint ensure that the area is set to retain its cool credentials as its continues to grow.