First phase of £65m resi scheme on site of former shopping park completes

The first phase of a £65m residential development on the site of a former shopping park has completed.

Kirkstall Place, located on the seven acre site, is a collection of two, three and four bedroom townhouses and one, two and three bedroom apartments. This first phase will see up to 85 of the scheme’s 263 units made immediately available for reservation.

Developed by Artisan Real Estate, the contemporary urban build of Kirkstall Place is fossil-fuel free, with the properties benefitting from dedicated work spaces, super-fast broadband and air source heat pumps. It is also believed that the homes will cost a third less to run than the average home.

Bordering both Headingley and Horsforth, and just 2.5 miles from Leeds city centre, Kirkstall was identified by Artisan Real Estate as one of the most up-and-coming suburbs in Leeds.

The development also features pocket parks, communal seating areas, shared allotments and charging points for electric vehicles. Most homes will be provided with a dedicated car parking space either on-street or via secure under croft parking.

Anne Haggas, property agent in the Northern new homes team at Savills in Leeds, said: “Investment into the area of Kirkstall over the last couple of years has opened up a wonderful opportunity, via this development, for those aspiring to live within striking distance of the city at a fraction of the cost of nearby suburbs, such as Headingley and Horsforth. To this end, Kirkstall Place offers comparatively better value for money and provides a new community that has sustainable living at the forefront of its design.

“As the pandemic’s lasting impact on a need to be close to public spaces, local amenities and good transport links prevails, and the sustainability and eco credentials of our homes continues to make its way up the priority list for many buyers, we fully expect Kirkstall Place to capture the imagination of not just first time buyers but also families and downsizers too.”

James Bulmer, development director at Artisan Real Estate, said: “This has been such an exciting development to be involved with, from the initial identification of Kirkstall’s potential through to using local tradespeople to help deliver the houses with the positive environmental impact we strive for. By using the very latest in thermal insulation and air tightness the properties should cost a third less to run than the average home. So new occupiers are not only making significant financial savings, but they are also helping the planet at the same time

“The varying size of accommodation on offer and the quality of the build, added to the blend of city and country living that the development provides, will hopefully appeal to a broad base of buyer. The city centre can be reached within minutes and there are plenty of open spaces, such as Kirkstall Abbey, nearby too. It also has good schools and amenities in close proximity and is on the doorstep of Headingley.”

Completion for the site is expected in summer 2023.