Kirkstall Valley: Work starts on new low-carbon housing development ‘Stall’


Award-winning developer Citu has this week started work on Stall, its first suburban development in the Kirkstall Valley.

‘Stall’ is a new community of 51 low carbon, low energy homes which will transform a forgotten brownfield land with a development they claim will put the climate first.

Designed and manufactured locally by sustainable developer Citu, ‘Stall’ based next to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, and aims to encourage nature to flourish in an urban setting.

The canal-side location includes a green corridor that passes Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve and the famous Kirkstall Abbey, an easy route for cycling and walking straight into the heart of central Leeds.

‘Stall’ will feature four-bed ‘canal houses’, one and two-bed ‘loft apartments’ and two-bed ‘gatehouse apartments’.

An artist’s impression of the development.

‘Stall’ will build on Citu’s multi-award-winning treatment of previously vacant or derelict brownfield land at the Climate Innovation District to the south of Leeds city centre and Sheffield’s Kelham Island.

Jonathan Wilson, Managing Director of Citu, said: “We’re continuing to rip up the rule books which make outdated assumptions about how to design for the ways people enjoy living.

“It’s a bold statement but we want to change the world and with our design team, factory and community of residents located on one site in Leeds at the Climate Innovation District, we’re constantly observing, listening, learning and evolving our designs.

“‘Stall’ is an exciting extension of the principles we’ve developed on our journey to challenge the norms, enabling residents to live more sustainably, in healthy and inspiring places that they can call home.”

The name ‘Stall’ is a nod to the origins of Kirkstall, which is formed from ‘stall’ meaning ‘place’ and ‘Kirk’ the historic word for ‘church’ – a reference to the area’s 800-year-old Kirkstall Abbey, one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain, now the stunning architectural centrepiece of a beautiful public park.

The high-performance homes will be built using passive house standards, combining bold architecture with flexible designs, exceptional spaces and sustainable, low carbon materials.

Citu’s timber-framed housing system is manufactured by the developer in its onsite factory in Leeds.

Jonathan added: “How people live changed hugely over the pandemic and the way we use our homes is changing too. We want room to work, study, play, create and relax, almost as much as we need space to sleep and cook. Citu homes make it easy for residents to choose low-carbon living and at ‘Stall’ residents can step out of the front door and be amongst the trees and beside the water.

“Set apart from – and at the heart of – city living, these homes are designed to capture the surrounding natural views, alongside striking architectural details such as decks cantilevering over the canal.”

Work on the scheme has now begun with the first homes ready to move into early 2023. The 51 properties at ‘Stall’ will be limited to those who register for further details, on a first come first served basis. To register your interest follow the link.

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