Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has won the go-ahead for 112 family homes within the ongoing £400 million development of Kirkstall Forge, just outside Leeds
The detailed plans, which include shops and community buildings, form the latest phase of Commercial Estates Group (CEG) ‘urban village’, which is expected to deliver 1,050 new homes, 27,870m² of offices and 9,290m² of shops and leisure space.
This month CEG also welcomed its first tenants to the development, Zenith, which has moved into the first completed building on the riverside site – a 14,656m², £25 million commercial block designed by Cooper Cromar.
Eventually 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 have 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’.
CEG head of residential development James Shimwell said: ‘This next phase of development will deliver a residential product which is unique to the Leeds market.
’These homes will be unique to the Leeds market’
‘It will offer a contemporary way of living, alongside a vibrant public square with places to shop, eat, drink and socialise. We have worked extensively with Leeds City Council and our designers to produce a scheme that will deliver the highest quality of contemporary design.’
The first homes are expected to be available for sale in 2018.