Leeds City Council has prepared a planning position statement in response to the listing for sale through public auction of the privately owned Grade I listed Temple Works.
The council, as the local planning authority, has published the position statement to address questions about planning matters relating to Temple Works. The council has done this in the interests of consistency and transparency, to ensure all parties who may wish to participate in the auction have access to the same information in relation to planning matters associated with Temple Works.
Temple Works in Holbeck is the Grade 1 listed Victorian former flax mill that made history as “the largest room in the world”, with sheep grazing on a skylit roof in the heart of Leeds industrial revolution. With a facade modelled on the Temple of Horus at Edfu in Egypt, it was designed by the Bonomi Brothers and by prominent Victorian industrialist John Marshall, between 1836 and 1840.
Temple Works is referred to in schools of architecture and engineering the world over not so much for the unusual facade however but for the unique and visionary engineering solution of the main mill floor, reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Johnson Wax Building a century later.
The statement can be downloaded here: Temple Works planning position statement