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MIPIM: Flagship Leeds development unveiled

An ambitious construction project by developer Commercial Estates Group (CEG) will regenerate a 56-acre former industrial site in Leeds.

Showcased at the international property conference MIPIM in Cannes, the Kirkstall Forge development has been designed by RIBA Sterling award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley.

It involves building houses and providing 100,000 sq m of commercial office space.

The project is a flagship development being promoted by Leeds City Region partnership, alongside Bradford’s City Park, Yorkshire Forward’s redevelopment of Tower Works and Galpharm Stadium in Huddersfield.

Kirkstall Forge will be the biggest mixed-use brownfield development being worked on in Leeds, with sustainability at its heart. The area is one of the oldest industrial sites in the country and CEG has provided £4m towards a new railway station, in conjunction with Metro. This should be open by December 2012.

Charles Johnson, development manager of CEG, said: “Once the railway station is operational, Kirkstall Forge will be only a six-minute journey from Leeds city centre. This, together with the riverside frontage and facilities such as a gym, crèche, hotel, restaurants and bars makes it an ideal location for business.”