Eco friendly home design revealed
The design and materials used in a new eco-friendly mixed-use development in Leeds have been unveiled; at least in CGI form.
Green urban developer Citu has produced details of the 500 low-carbon properties that will form the residential element of its new Climate Innovation District. The firm describes its homes as "a combination of German efficiency, Scandinavian design and good old Northern grit," adding that "the Citu Home is designed to outlast our generation, and the next".
Combining these houses and apartments with new offices, leisure facilities, public space, offices and industrial units, the project will help with the ongoing revival of the southern fringe of the city centre around the River Aire.
The new homes will be around ten times as effective in keeping emissions down as normal homes. Made of timber frames, these well-insulated properties are designed in a way that makes their mass production in a factory possible.
Manufacturing prefabricated 'kit homes' in a factory, of on-site assembly, is becoming an increasingly popular way of providing new homes swiftly, which helps overcome both the problems of homes not being built at a fast enough rate and a lack of construction skills. The production of well-insulated, low-carbon properties will add a further positive element to such developments.
The two sections of the development are connected by a bridge over the river, but the wider development area around the riverside is focused on what is now known as the South Bank - essentially the former industrial area of Holbeck, once a centre of the textile industry for which Leeds was once famous but then blighted by decay as the industry declined.
While some old mills are still standing, many new buildings are set to arise in the area, including some skyscraper apartment towers that will be among the tallest buildings in the city.
The grade II-listed Hunslet and Victoria flax spinning mills are among the old industrial buildings undergoing conversion.