Prototype homes to be tested at Kirkstall Forge

kirkstall forge riverfront

Work will start this week on building two prototype homes at the £400 million Kirkstall Forge development.

Work will finish in late summer when members of the design team will stay in the fully furnished three and five-bed homes, rigorously testing elements of the home including kitchens and bathrooms.

Following their feedback, improvements will be made to finesse the final product before construction begins on the first phase of 112 contemporary homes which have been designed by Stirling Prize winner Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

Offering a unique style of architecture resembling the local stone of the old forge building and Kirkstall Abbey, the houses will offer open-plan living opening out onto gardens and terraces across different floors, with many roof verandas providing fantastic views of the valley.

kirkstall forge mill race terrace

Aisling Ramshaw, head of sales and marketing – Kirkstall Forge, said:

“These prototypes are important as they will help to ensure every detail of the design has been considered and tested.

“How many times do you walk into a home and think why has the architect put that there? Often what looks great on plan can be very different in terms of the practical use of a space. By living in these homes our team will put all aspects of the design thinking to the test.”

Developer CEG aims to deliver 1,050 new homes, 300,000 sq ft of offices and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space at the former industrial site.

A dedicated Kirkstall Forge Life team has already been established and runs regular health and fitness events, social activities, walking and biking clubs, as well as managing cycle and scooter hire and encouraging the 1,000 people who already work at the site to travel sustainably using the new on-site railway station, car share scheme, EV charging points and tailored travel guide service.

James Shimwell, head of residential development at Kirkstall Forge, said:

“This innovative way of delivering prototype housing follows the attention to detail we paid to the new railway station and the award-winning first office development. Kirkstall Forge is designed to bring to life a connected community for business, residents and visitors.”


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