Tolent begins work on £400m mixed-use scheme in Leeds

WCN Editorial Team 19 Mar 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

British construction company Tolent has commenced work on Kirkstall Forge, a £400m project in Leeds that will deliver more than 1,000 new homes and 400,000ft² of offices, retail, leisure and community spaces.

Led by CEG, the team will construct the site’s first residential phase, initially delivering the construction of two prototype houses.

The two prototype houses will be completed in summer 2019 after which members of CEG’s design team will move into the three- and five-bed homes and test the living experience.

Based on their feedback, improvements will be made to fine tune the final product before proceeding with the first phase of 112 contemporary homes, which have been designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

Tolent regional director John Currie said: “This is another great win for the team which really shows the depth of experience and expertise we have as a national construction firm.

“With such a significant and visionary project that is already winning awards, we’re looking forward to being a part of this legacy for Leeds as well as the innovative prototype housing which is something new for us.”

The homes offer open plan living opening out onto gardens and terraces across different floors.

Kirkstall Forge head of residential development James Shimwell said: “This innovative way of delivering prototype housing follows the attention to detail we have paid to everything we are delivering at Kirkstall Forge.

“By testing every detail we can ensure we best complement Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ inspiring design, which maximises the acres of green space and waterfront opportunity.”

The opening of a new railway station connects the development site to Leeds City Centre in just six minutes.

In addition, an 110,000ft² office development, which was 90% let less than a year from completion, has secured the British Council of Offices best UK ‘Commercial Workplace’ award.

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Image: Tolent regional director John Currie, Kirkstall Forge head of residential development James Shimwell and Tolent project manager at Kirkstall Forge Sean Armitage. Photo: Courtesy of Tolent Construction Limited.

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