Leeds Kirkstall Forge development scoops top award

CGI of the proposed Kirkstall Forge station.
CGI of the proposed Kirkstall Forge station.
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The multi-million pound Kirkstall Forge development in Leeds has scooped a top award.

The site is set to become home to a mixed community of more than 1,000 family homes, 420,000 sq ft of office space and will include a new railway station.

The scheme was named the best mixed-use development in the country at this year’s national Placemaking Awards.

The company developing the site, Commercial Estates Group (CEG), plan to expose the ancient forge to show the machinery and water wheels as a focus for the community’s central hub complete with shops, cafes and leisure facilities.

The design also plans to embrace the heritage of the site by reopening the medieval Mill Race to provide new ecological and landscape resource.

Award judges praised the scheme’s scale, ambition, partnership and environmental values.

Jon Kenny, director of CEG, said: “Winning the award is testament to the hard work the team has put in to deliver one of the ambitious schemes in Leeds’ development pipeline.

“The railway station at the site, connects the new development to the city centre in just six minutes.

“It means we can offer something very special and unique at Kirkstall Forge - fantastic new facilities that offer a city centre lifestyle in a stunning riverside, woodland location.”

The development also received two commendations for Placemaking Team of the Year and Placemaking in Northern England.

The project will deliver approximately 2,400 new jobs and grant a £10m investment into education and community provision in the local area.

And it is hoped the project will bring around £400m of private sector investment to the area.

Work is expected to start on the first phase of the development later this year and a public consultation will be held next week.