The competition, backed by Leeds Council and part of a broader regeneration programme, saw 31 entrants compete to create an animal habitat for the Holbeck area.
Neil Oxlee, associate architect at Garnett Netherwood Architects, says he was briefed to ‘bring wildlife back into the urban environment – birds, insects, local kites and an elusive otter’.
The tower is a multi-level design, which aims to attract different species, ‘with anything from rodents at the bottom to birds at the top’, according to Oxlee.
A model of the winning design was unveiled at a ceremony last night. Oxlee is now looking for funding to build the tower.
The tower will be built entirely from reclaimed materials, salvaged from demolition projects in the Holbeck area.
Judged by Geoff Ward, chairman of RIBA Yorkshire and Pipper Hale, artist curator and director of the Northern Art Prize, other designs in the contest included a bat boat reclaimed-timber cavern by Annalise Riches of Riches Hawley Mikhail Architects and a lantern hive for insects by London-based designers Gregory Cowen, Annick Collins and Natalie Skeete.