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Contractor sought for £400m Kirkstall Forge phase two

Developer CEG has submitted plans for the next phase of the £400m Kirkstall Forge development in Leeds.

Plans for 112 homes and 23,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space have been lodged with Leeds City Council.

CEG is seeking a new contractor for this phase, with the winning firm expected to be announced by the end of this year.

A train station to link the development to Leeds city centre and the surrounding area opened in June 2016, and the first phase of the project is currently under construction.

Wates scooped phase one of the development, a 110,000 sq ft seven-storey office building, in October 2015.

More than £40m has been invested in the first phase, with the scheme expected to generate £5m a year for the local economy.

Wates is due to complete the first stage by autumn this year.

The overall 23 ha site will deliver 1,050 homes, 300,000 sq ft of office space and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space.

Kirkstall Forge was listed in the government’s portfolio of Northern Powerhouse projects aimed at attracting Chinese investment in November last year, with chancellor Philip Hammond showcasing 13 schemes to vice-premier Ma Kai and a Chinese delegation.

Other projects listed included MediaCityUK in Greater Manchester, Liverpool Waters in Liverpool and the Polyhalite Project in North Yorkshire – the UK’s first potash mine for more than 40 years.

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