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Model Armley - Chris Bennigsen

Model Armley is a series of model buildings created by local artist Chris Bennigsen. Each of the models Chris has designed celebrate a prominent local business or landmark and are inspired by Chris's time exploring Armley during lockdown. Chris feels that one of the positives of lockdown is how it has made life more 'local' and given people the chance to slow down and take in what's around them. This project allows people to re-imagine Armley and create a kind of model for how they might see it changing, embracing all the good there is in Armley whilst being able to put their own creative stamp on the area in a post-Covid future.

A huge part of the project is getting people involved in making their own models. You can download the designs on this page, print them out yourself, decorate them and follow the instructions to put them together. All you'll need is scissors and glue. Don't forget to send us pictures or use the hashtag #modelarmley so we can check out your creations.

The models are suitable for both children and adults, so have a go as a family, with your friends or on your own.

If you live in LS12 you can request printed versions for free. Just contact us at

Skelton's butchers

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Download the model here.

Canal Road train station

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Download the model here.

The Malt Shovel pub

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Download the model here.

Mike's Carpets

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(This one's a bit more complicated than the others so might be one just for the adults, or ambitious young people!)

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