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Cooper Cromar wins planning for Leeds regeneration scheme

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Plans by Cooper Cromar for a seven storey office building – the first phase of the long-awaited redevelopment of Kirstall Forge in Leeds – have been approved

Councillors voted last month to allow the 15,534m² building by developer Commercial Estates Group (CEG) at the site which lies 3.7 miles west of Leeds City Centre.

The planning report which was prepared by officers said that the proposal presented a ‘very contemporary and ordered façade’.

It said the design ‘clearly expresses both reception and circulation spaces to the external facades and provides a legible and contemporary building of a very high quality that will provide an appropriate context for the delivery of adjacent blocks.

‘It will contribute positively to place making at Kirkstall Forge as a distinctive building that is highly visible on arrival…’

Cooper Cromar’s designs include a double height colonnaded façade, which also screens a rooftop plant, allowing part of the roof to be used for a rooftop terrace for future occupiers.

Eventually the whole 23ha Kirkstall Forge site is planned to provide 1,355 homes, bars, restaurants, shops, offices and a hotel.

Nick Lee, development project manager from CEG said: ‘A lot of hard work has gone into ensuring this will be an exemplar scheme and the team is delighted with the positive comments made by planning committee members in relation to the design and overall vision for the site.

‘This decision means we can be on site early in the New Year with the first phase of development.’

Kirkstall Forge is one of the oldest industrial sites in the country, with an 800 year history. Most recently it comprised manufacturing buildings used in forging and assembling axles for the commercial vehicle market.

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