Leeds Temple Works – famous for its Egyptian architecture – has received £1million in financial aid from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund and Historic England
Temple Works will undergo major repairs as part of a wider regeneration of the building and surrounding area.
Money from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund is intended to open up the heritage sector, with the funding supporting wider repair work at the Temple Works site, creating a new home for the British Library in the North.
One of the first large-scale, single-storey factories, the vast, brick-vaulted, top-lit mill was built in 1838-1840 to designs by engineer James Coombe.
Money from the Heritage Stimulus Fund will help with work to reinforce the interior of the mill, which has been on the Heritage at Risk Register since 2008, until permanent repairs can be undertaken.
£400,000 from the Historic Region of Yorkshire in England will fund salvage work on the building next to the counting house.
Funding from Historic England will support crucial repairs to the roof and walls, sealing the building ahead of the next phase of renovation.
The regeneration of Temple Works is part of Historic England’s ambition to improve environmental sustainability and unlock the potential of historic buildings.
Temple Works is a key part of Leeds industrial past
Duncan Wilson, Managing Director of Historic England, said: “We are delighted to provide funding from the Culture Recovery Fund and Historic England for the repair of Temple Works, an instantly recognizable building that was an important part of England’s industrial past. Leeds and who is ready to play a key role in their future.
“It is exciting to see the opportunities for Temple Works take shape, highlighting the incredible potential of historic Yorkshire mills to generate economic and social benefits for the region.”
“Creating a cultural gem for the city of Leeds”
David Hodgson, Head of Strategic Development at CEG, added: “The grants are great news and will help kick-start much-needed stabilization work.
“We are grateful to Historic England and our other partners for recognizing the importance of Temple Works as we seek to protect it and create a cultural gem for the city of Leeds.”
Repairs and renovations to the counting house are expected to be completed in time for Leeds 2023, the city’s year of culture.