Public event unveils proposals for next generation of workspace at Kirkstall Forge

CEG is holding a public consultation event on Tuesday 16th July to enable residents to view proposals for the next phase of office space at the £400 million Kirkstall Forge regeneration scheme.

The event will be held in the reception of Number One Kirkstall Forge on 16/07/19 between 5pm and 7pm. The team will be on hand to provide information, discuss the proposals and answer queries. Information will also be available at the CEG marquee at Kirkstall Festival within the Abbey grounds on Saturday 13th July.

A bold, contemporary 190,000 sq ft office development is proposed, with active ground floor uses for all to benefit from. The flexible space will appeal to headquarter occupiers, with open floor plates from 11,000 sq ft.

A dedicated car park will be concealed between the two new office buildings and electric car charging, a cycle spa, shower rooms and locker facilities will be provided within the building.

Outdoor rooms and balcony features will help to maximise the extensive wooded, riverside views and landscaping offered across the site. Masonry will reflect the commercial as well as the new residential elements on the site helping to blend the mix of uses being delivered across the 57-acre development.

Paul Richardson, Investment Manager at CEG, said: “Number One Kirkstall Forge secured the British Council of Offices best Commercial Workplace in the UK and was named the country’s healthiest building by Property Week, as well as securing a raft of awards for its technical specification.”

“We have set a high benchmark that we aim to build on with our next phase of commercial development. We intend to harness CEG’s understanding of what our customers need for their business to thrive and ensure we deliver that in a contemporary, flexible and unique way and hope local people attend the event to find out more.”

Designed to a specification which exceeds most city centre products, this next generation of workspace will harnesses its unique setting, offering those within the building exceptional views across the riverside, wooded valley.

Number One Kirkstall Forge has established the site as a new destination, attracting Zenith, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, Bupa, Smart Buildings Ltd, CEG, Trufe and Butlers restaurant and bar. The calibre of the new customers within the building is evidence of the high specification of the space, as well as the benefits offered by the adjacent railway station connecting to Leeds City Station in six minutes, on-site cycle, car and scooter hire, riverside and woodland location and the fitness clubs and activities offered by the Forge Life team.

Only three Let Ready Studios remain available at the site offering 8 desks upwards. Here, businesses can benefit from their own well designed, comms-ready and fully furnished space with fitted kitchens and break-out space on all-inclusive, flexible terms. They will also benefit from the building’s facilities, which include a full suite of easy to book client facing meeting rooms, Butler’s café & informal business lounge and the Forge Life programme which offers a wealth of on-site events and activities.

Graham Forsyth, Director of Cooper Cromar architects which are designing the next phase of development, added: “CEG is determined to push the benchmark set to date, delivering best-in-class and putting its customers at the heart of the design. We are designing a place that is suitable for small and large companies and offers a variety of spaces to work, meet and collaborate both indoors and out.“

“This is not a mainstream development, we are capturing the unique character of the site and continuing to deliver something bold, sustainable, efficient, productive, healthy, future-proofed and digitally resilient.”

Fox Lloyd Jones is appointed to market the new space, with pre-lets already available. Paul Fox said: “The market feedback and successes we have had with Number One Kirkstall Forge have led us to design this next phase around a cornerstone of floorplate flexibility and each floor having a unique personality and design treatment to appeal to both small and large occupiers.”

Ultimately, the £400million Kirkstall Forge scheme is set to become home to a thriving mixed-use community comprising of 1,050 new homes, 300,000 sq ft of offices and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space.