Kirkstall Forge

An entirely new neighbourhood

An entirely new neighbourhood

Over the coming years the banks of the River Aire will be transformed, with high quality commercial property, new homes and a wealth of complementary facilities, establishing it as a community with sustainability at its heart.

The location is just six minutes from Leeds city centre and 15 minutes from Bradford by mainline train, coupled with new pedestrian and cycle links that will connect Kirkstall Forge with the surrounding area and the city centre, ensuring that sustainable and active travel are part of everyday life.

canal view

Best of British Architects

Broadcasting Place Leeds Beckett University

Best of British Architects

The residential scheme for Kirkstall Forge has been master-planned by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the international architecture practice who are the only architects to have won the RIBA Stirling Prize for a residential development.

Number One, Kirkstall Forge has been designed by leading British architects Cooper Cromar who have an extensive commercial portfolio including multiple BCO award winning office developments and bespoke headquarter buildings.

Meet the architects

800 years of history

800 years of history
Kirkstall Forge Crane

History

History

Kirkstall Forge has been of industrial importance since the 12th century, contributing significantly to Leeds reputation. In fact, this was the longest continually used industrial site in the UK. The Forge manufactured motor vehicle axels and steel bars until the site closed in 2003.

The next exciting chapter of the Forge’s history is the re-development of this brownfield site which has been made possible due to the railway station that opened in 2016. The railway links have connected the Kirkstall Forge to Leeds City Centre in just six minutes, opening up the site and providing the catalyst to kick-start work on the first commercial office building and the first phase of housing. The new development will breathe life back into this historic site, re-establishing Kirkstall as an integral and prosperous part of the city.

Kirkstall Forge's History

A CITY OF OPPORTUNITY

A CITY OF OPPORTUNITY
Leeds town hall

Location

Location

Modern and accessible, the development offers high quality offices and homes with effective public transport links making a journey into Leeds city centre an easy six minute train journey as well as regular bus services into Leeds and the surrounding areas. Kirkstall Forge is unique in that it is located so close to the city, yet within a stone’s throw of the Dales and Yorkshire’s finest countryside.

Kirkstall Forge is an opportunity to create new community in a well-connected location surrounded by natural woodland with a waterfront setting. Our masterplanners, architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios recognise that this is a rare location and have taken every opportunity to ensure that the sense of place is maximised.

Where is Kirkstall Forge?

Where is Kirkstall Forge?

There’s plenty of places to visit nearby, including The Kirkstall Bridge Inn (Leeds CAMRA pub of the year), Headingley cricket and rugby grounds, Kirkstall retail parks and miles of river and canal paths to explore by bike or on foot.

Discover the best of bustling Leeds and the unspoiled countryside on your doorstep.

KIRKSTALL FORGE LIFE

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Number One Kirkstall Forge from platform with train

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The intention is that Kirkstall Forge will balance sustainable social, environmental and economic needs as part of our placemaking ethos. All the buildings at Kirkstall Forge have been designed to feature the latest technology and materials to achieve highly efficient energy ratings. The development masterplan has been designed to discourage car use, aided by the railway station and proposed onsite car club which will to lower the carbon footprint of those living and working here.

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Community

Community

As part of our sustainability and social values policy, we wanted to ensure that we could provide the facilities to kick start careers and offer insights into the inner works of a construction site, in turn ensuring a fresh stream of talent and skills into the sector.

We recently launched our pioneering new skills centre at Kirkstall Forge in partnership with Leeds College of Building, Wates Construction and Leeds City Council. The Forging Futures Campus provides vocational training, site visits and work experience for students, local people and young people not in education, employment or training.

We have also partnered with the Leeds branch of the social enterprise The Skill Mill since February 2016, providing work and training opportunities for young people who have been involved with the Youth Offending Service

In the community
The Skill Mill team at work