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FCBS submits plans for 112 homes on Leeds ‘urban village’ site

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Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has lodged detailed plans for 112 new family homes within the ongoing £400 million development of Kirkstall Forge, just outside Leeds

The project for Commercial Estates Group (CEG) is the latest phase of the developer’s ‘urban village’, which will eventually deliver 1,050 new homes,  27,870m² of offices and 9,290m² of shops and leisure space. Once completed, more than 10,000 people will live and work on the former forge site, one of the oldest industrial sites in the country with an 800-year history, elements of which will be retained in the masterplan.

According to the development team, the designs of the new homes reference ‘the local stone of the old forge building and [nearby] Kirkstall Abbey’ and has been inspired by model villages, such as that at Saltaire.

The homes will offer ‘12ft-high ceilings in livings spaces, open staircases, rooflights and open plan living’ with some of the larger family homes boasting ’the historic Mill Race flowing through the end of the garden’.

Andrew Macintosh, associate at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, said: ‘Much of our inspiration has been taken from model villages such as Saltaire and the steep terraced streets found in many Yorkshire towns.

’The communal, pedestrian-friendly areas in front of the homes also benefits from contemporary Scandinavian ideas about co-housing and will help to build a true sense of community among those who are lucky enough to be the first to move into this pioneering new neighbourhood.

’This beautiful urban village creates spaces for a new generation to live, work and explore.’

Jon Kenny from CEG said: ‘We have invested heavily in regenerating this unique brownfield site (£40 million on demolition, site clearance, decontamination, infrastructure works and the construction of the first office building) and are committed to delivering an ambitious and innovative development for Leeds.

‘Kirkstall Forge is unique; it will deliver fresh, sustainable new ways of living and working amongst acres of green space in a wooded riverside setting. With contemporary housing, restaurants, cafés, a school, leisure space and light-filled offices, it will provide the vibrancy of city life as well as the tranquillity of the outdoors.’

Subject to planning approval, work could start in autumn 2017 with homes available for sale in 2018. 


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