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CEG launches public consultation for first phase of Kirkstall Forge

CEG has launched a public consultation for the first phase of its residential development – Kirkstall Forge - with proposals including two Build to Rent buildings.

CEG has launched a public consultation to engage with residents about the first phase of its residential development at the £400m Kirkstall Forge development in Leeds. 

The proposals will provide a total of 213 homes, including 77 houses offering three to five-bedroom family living – designed by Stirling Prize winners Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. The unique style of architecture is inspired by the local stone of the old forge building and Kirkstall Abbey.

Just north of the river, two Build to Rent buildings are also proposed – each set over nine floors with upper floors set back. Leeds based architecture firm – Cartwright Pickard – have designed the two buildings. They will provide 136 studios, one, two- and three-bedroom apartments, with 1,350 sq m of leisure and retail space on the ground floor. They will be set around amenity space, a new public plaza and pocket park.

“As well as family housing, the proposals now include Build to Rent apartments which will bring new residents onto site very quickly, expanding the vibrant community at Kirkstall Forge. With shops, leisure facilities and food and drink outlets on the ground floor, they are set around a public plaza and pocket park for pop up events, outdoor screenings and exercise classes.

“Our consultation seeks ideas for these activities as well as comments on the proposals and design and we welcome feedback.”

James Shimwell, Head of Residential Development, CEG

CEG secured Reserved Matters (detailed) planning permission for 135 homes last year and built two prototype homes. The housing design remains unchanged, but the site has four less homes which allow for the two Build to Rent buildings to be redesigned. The buildings will be slightly taller with upper floors set back to minimise the visual effect. The apartments, green spaces and public plaza will be managed by the on-site Forge Life team.

Within this first phase of the development, the Build to Rent buildings sit at the heart around a ‘Stitch Square’ – a multi-functional public space. The public square will create an all-new venue for organised events and informal gatherings. It will bring the two banks of the river closer, contributing to the campus feeling of the wider masterplan for Kirkstall Forge.

“This first phase of homes for rent at Kirkstall Forge contributes to the overall aim of the masterplan to create a new community that provides better choices for those living, working and/or looking to move to the city.

“Using materials which complement the wider masterplan, we’ve sought to celebrate the industrial heritage of the Forge – using high-quality materials that will weather well, grow old gracefully and contribute to our strategy to minimise the building’s whole life cost.

“Retail and leisure facilities will also be available to residents as the ground floor of both buildings will feature commercial space, providing direct access to Stitch Square and the riverfront.”

Peter Cartwright, Founding Director, Cartwright Pickard

The 57-acre site is already home to Number One Kirkstall Forge offices and Butler’s deli restaurant, a new railway station and two prototype homes. Kirkstall Forge will provide up to 1,450 new homes, 300,000 sq ft of offices and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space. The site is close to the train station – which provides access to the city centre in six minutes. The scheme is set to create a thriving mixed-use community that has the River Aire running through its heart.

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