Kirkstall Forge is a pioneering new neighbourhood in Leeds. Located within the stunning natural landscape of the Kirkstall Valley along the banks of the River Aire, this 23 hectare site will provide a contemporary urban village creating spaces for a new generation to live, work, and explore.
The first forge was founded by the monks of the adjacent Kirkstall Abbey in the 13th century, and it remained active for over 700 years. Further up the river lies Saltaire, the model town and industrial world heritage site, from which the masterplan draws much inspiration.
The wider development is planned to include about 1050 houses and apartments, 28,000m² of commercial space, 9,300m² of retail, leisure and community space, including a primary school.
A new train station built as part of the masterplan makes Kirkstall Forge just a six minute train journey from central Leeds.
The housing layout follows the linearity of the site, defined by the river, railway and topography, while the sloping streets that run perpendicular give views up to the wooded horizon. A central public space ‘stitches’ across the two sides of the river, ending at the new Railway Station, and opens the heart of the site to its landscaped surrounds.
The new railway station opened in 2016 and the first office building in autumn 2017. The first phase of housing is expected to start on site in 2020. The whole masterplan is expected to complete by 2030. Learn more about the plans for Kirkstall Forge in this film.
2019: AR MIPIM Future Projects - Regeneration and Masterplanning, Commended
2019: Leeds Architecture Awards - Public Realm and Landscape Design
2018: World Architecture Festival - Future Masterplanning Category, Highly Commended
2017: North of England Transport Awards - Economic Productivity Project of the Year
2016: Yorkshire Property Awards - Gamechanger Award
2015: Placemaking Awards - Best Mixed Use project: Winner