Grade I listed Temple Works has been acquired by Commercial Estates Group (CEG).
Jon Kenny, development director at CEG, said: "We are pleased to become the custodian of an important element of the city's historic culture and look forward to working with Leeds City Council to progress the regeneration of this challenging site."
Temple Works is home to what was once the world's largest room at around two acres, whilst one of the world's first hydraulic lifts was used there. The building's frontage is modelled on the Temple of Horus at Edfu, Egypt. The former flax mill was built by John Marshall between 1836 and 1840, and had the unusual feature of a grass-covered roof which was grazed by sheep, the lifting of which onto the roof was achieved with the aforementioned hydraulic lifts.
It’s a very positive step that new owners have been secured for the historic Grade One Listed Temple Works. We will look to work collaboratively with CEG to bring this important part of Leeds’ heritage back in to use and secure its long-term future.
Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council