Leeds Council Approves Extension Of £400m Commercial Development

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Leeds Council Approves Extension Of £400m Commercial Development

Leeds Council Approves Extension Of £400m Commercial Development

Leeds residents will be able to benefit from extra space at its latest commercial development in the future, after the local authority revealed it has approved plans for the next phase of its Kirkstall Forge development.

Leeds City Council has given the go ahead for 2 Kirkstall Forge, which will see an additional 200,000 square feet of commercial space being added to the £400 million development.

This includes two office blocks that will be able to accommodate up to 2,000 people. The upper floors will offer office space ranging from between 11,000 and 15,300 square feet, while the ground floor will have leisure facilities and retail units.

There will also be electric car charging points, a cycle spa, shower rooms, locker facilities, balconies and outdoor ‘rooms’.

Developers CEG are behind the commercial space, and investment manager Paul Richardson said it will “bring some of the most advanced office space to Leeds”.

He went on to say: “The buildings are available for pre let, with workspace being offered through our Core and Flex model which allows a business to expand and contract within the space. This will help to manage company growth and additional projects, as well as seasonal demand and the effects that social distancing will have on office requirements.”

While the council was originally meant to consider the planning application at a meeting in March, this had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown. However, after operations at the local authority have begun to resume, planning permission for the extra feature was approved.

It will provide a useful addition to the Kirkstall Forge scheme, which will see up to 1,500 new homes, 100,000 square feet of retail, leisure and community space, and 300,000 square feet of office units being built.

Though CEG would not have thought about this in their initial application, Mr Richardson told Leeds Live the additional office space will be useful for businesses now they have to adhere to social distancing restrictions.

Ensuring employees are kept two metres apart to reduce their chances of contracting Covid-19, many companies are struggling with the lack of office space.

He told the news provider the new development “will help to manage company growth and additional projects, as well as seasonal demand and the effects that social distancing will have on office requirements”.

Kirkstall Forge is set to be very promising for the city, situated just six minutes from the centre of town and 15 minutes from Bradford by train.

Those who live at the new development will be able to enjoy open-plan architecture, with high ceilings and roof lights. The apartments will be finished to a high specification, while the houses – with three to five bedrooms – will offer residents gardens or private roof terraces, so they can look out on to woodland, riverside or valley views.

In addition to being surrounded by forest, those living here will be able to benefit from top leisure facilities, including a gym and playground. There will also be a meadow and a bridge connecting to the fields and canal towpath.

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