Climate Innovation District Plans for Leeds South Bank
May 18, 2016 |
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With the ultimate goal of transitioning to zero carbon cities, Leeds-based sustainable developers Citu have unveiled plans to develop 15 acres of brownfield land in Leeds’ South Bank, at a cost of £125m. Branded as the Climate Innovation District, it will include 500 low-carbon homes, as well as manufacturing sites, offices, and leisure facilities.
Work has already begun on site to create ‘Citu Works,’ a new £3.4m state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Leeds city centre. It is here that the innovative new homes will be produced, made with energy efficient timber frames and requiring substantially less energy to run than conventional homes.
The 60,000 sq ft facility will be able to produce up to 750 low-carbon homes each year. Because they will be produced in controlled conditions under a roof, thus being unaffected by the weather, production times and costs will be slashed. The homes will be developed on an assembly line and installed on site.
Chris Thompson, the managing director and founder of Citu, said: “Factory-built homes represent the future of house building in the UK. I’ve seen the finished product, as well as the manufacturing process, first-hand in Europe and we are excited to be one of the first to introduce the technology to the UK. This technique means less waste and less carbon emissions produced in the building process so, not only does it offer buyers an opportunity to live a low-carbon lifestyle, it reduces our carbon footprint as a developer.”
Although work will not be completed until 2022, it is expected that the first residents will be able to occupy the new homes from early next year.