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Commercial Estates Group names Wates for Kirkstall Forge first phase

Wates has been named as the contractor for a £400m mixed-use development in Leeds.

Commercial Estates Group has appointed a team of contractors (see box) to deliver the first phase of its Kirkstall Forge development.

The 23 ha site will comprise 1,050 new homes, 300,000 sq ft of offices and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space.

Wates has been appointed as principal contractor for the first phase, which will see completion of a 5,534 sq m seven-storey office building.

Work will start on site in the New Year, with completion expected in spring 2017.

Nathanial Lichfield and Partners secured planning permission on behalf of CEG for the flagship building, which was designed by architects Cooper Cromar.

Wates will be responsible for providing a vocational training programme on site, which will involve teenagers as young as 14 having the opportunity to work alongside developers, builders, architects and engineers, leading to apprenticeship opportunities when they reach 16.

James Shimwell from CEG said: [Kirkstall Forge] is the most ambitious project in the North of England and we wanted to ensure we had a dynamic team helping to deliver our vision.

“We also look forward to our unique partnership that will train Leeds’ future architects, bricklayers, civil engineers, joiners, plumbers and electricians through site visits, curriculum projects, hands-on work experience and mentoring support.”

Kirkstall Forge team

The first phase will be delivered by:

  • Wates – principal contractor
  • Pierre Angulaire – project manager
  • WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff – civil and structural engineering consultancy
  • Weetwood – flood risk management and hydrological consultancy
  • Turner and Townsend – cost management consultancy
  • WYG – site-wide infrastructure and environmental consultancy
  • Hoare Lea – mechanical & electrical, lift engineering, acoustics, BREEAM and sustainability consultancy
  • Planit-IE – landscape architect

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