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Opportunity Kirkstall Forge

The project promoter will consider a variety of investor involvement to include development/project funding amongst others.

There is also potential to explore further investment opportunities with this project promoter across their wider portfolio in the United Kingdom.

Kirkstall Forge is a new neighbourhood of 1,050 new homes, combined with 28,000 square metres (301,000 square feet) of office space and a further 10,000 square metres (100,000 square feet) of retail, leisure and community space. This 400 million GBP development offers a range of opportunities for investors and developers as well as occupiers.

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Artist's impression of large commercial building by Kirkstall Forge station




Project promoter

Commercial Estates Group (CEG)



£400+ million GDV



Commercial, Residential, Private rented sector


Investment type

Investor and developers


Planning status

Outline planning permission, detailed planning in phases

Map of Northern England showing Leeds and its major transport links

Project background

Located within the stunning natural landscape of the Kirkstall Valley along the banks of the River Aire, this contemporary 21st century village creates the highest quality spaces for a new generation to live, work and explore.

Providing a new dedicated railway station, linking the site to Leeds City Centre in just 6 minutes, to Bradford in 15 minutes and Manchester in around 1 hour 10 minutes, Kirkstall Forge is a vibrant mixed-use community with exemplary sustainable public transport links. Infrastructure, including main road access, is now on site, with the river bridge crossing complete.

The first phase of commercial development, a 10,220 square metre (110,000 square feet) Grade A flagship office development, was completed in 2017. Providing headquarters as well as studios for small to medium sized companies, 96 percent of the space was let within a year. It was awarded the UK’s best commercial workplace by the British Council of Offices (BCO) and named the healthiest place to work by Property Week.

The next 20,000 square metres (215,000 square feet) of office is in planning with the aim of starting on site in 2020. Two prototype homes have been delivered on site. Further phases of build to rent apartments and market led family housing are planned alongside retail and leisure spaces.

About the project

The inspirational design and strong relationships the project promoter has built helped secure planning permission for a thriving mixed community of more than 1,000 family homes, 37,160 square metres of office space, a new railway station, shops, restaurants, a school, gym, crèche and other leisure facilities across 24 hectares (59 acres).

With sustainable travel choices, fantastic new amenities and a stunning riverside location, Kirkstall Forge will undoubtedly be one of the most sought-after destinations in the north for both businesses and residents. The station links the site directly to Leeds City Centre in just minutes and offers hundreds of free car parking spaces and fully accessible platforms with lifts, as well as staircases.

Key project detail:

  • 1,050 new homes.
  • 28,000 square metres of office space.
  • 9,500 square metres (102,000 square feet) of leisure and retail.
  • Railway station.
  • Primary school.
  • Bars, restaurant and community facilities.

Promoters and partnerships

The developer, CEG has offices in London, Leeds, Birmingham and Cornwall, with a strong track record in property development and investment since 1989. The decision process to consider investment proposals for Kirkstall Forge is made at board level.

Leeds City Council is the local authority that administers planning applications within the Kirkstall area. The project is located within the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and also forms part of the Northern Powerhouse.

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