Kirkstall Forge scoops national award
05 Oct 2018
This week, Number One Kirkstall Forge was named the best ‘Commercial Workplace’ winning the prestigious national award from the British Council of Offices (BCO)
The building beat the White Collar Factory in London as well as other prestigious office developments around the country to scoop the award at the London ceremony. The BCO awards programme recognises the highest quality developments and sets the standard for excellence in the office sector.
The BCO described Kirkstall Forge as one of the most inspiring regeneration projects in the UK, intertwining place making, industrial heritage, sustainability and quality.
The 110,000 sq ft Number One Kirkstall Forge is the first commercial building on the £400 million regeneration of the 57-acre former Forge, the oldest continually industrialised site in the UK.
Jon Kenny, Strategic Development Director of CEG, said: “To win a national award as the best Commercial Workplace is testament to the quality of the development we are delivering at Kirkstall Forge. The building has proved so successful, we have already started working on the design development of the next 200,000 sq ft of commercial space at the site.”
The building offers a double-height entrance hall, maximising the spectacular views of the surrounding natural woodland and River Aire. The chameleon bar restaurant concept on the ground floor enhances the experience and occupier and visitor well-being.
Built to a city centre specification, it is a sustainable development, the building has achieved an EPC A, WiredScore Platinum and BREEAM Excellent rating. The robustness and longevity of the materials was carefully analysed. The envelope is designed to the highest standards relative to thermal transmission, air permeability and solar transmittance.
The building’s rooftop boasts 200 sq m of photo-voltaic array saving some 10,000kg of CO2/year. This is connected to a display screen in the reception, showcasing the contribution from the renewable energy systems alongside relevant information for building users.
Sustainable travel is promoted through the onsite railway station, tailored travel guide, car share scheme, cycle and scooter hire and EV charging points. The riverside setting and green space are proven to reduce stress, blood pressure levels, heart rates and productivity.
The dedicated estate management team take advantage of the BCO compliant shower facilities and cycle spa, provide running and cycling clubs, bootcamp and other events dedicated to health, wellbeing and socialising.
The design ethos for the building form and envelope design was based on an industrial inspired design aesthetic; this was the starting point for the building interior. A machine like industrial quality was required, but interspersed with warmer, more natural materials for the reception hall and common areas.
To reinforce the idea of a ‘journey’ through the building, one material would always be retained from one space to the next, to ensure a subconscious ‘flow’ through the building. The material palate is contemporary, yet reflective of the site’s industrial heritage and woodland setting, and seamlessly fused with the clean lines of a commercial office environment.
Nick Lee, Development Director of CEG, said: “This award is a credit to the team. Architect Cooper Cromar responded to the challenge of setting a new context on this historic site; helping us achieve the highest quality of workspace, technical specification and maximising space, light and the greenery offered by this setting.
“From the way it was designed and delivered to the facilities provided for our customers, this building truly is different by design.”
Ultimately the £400million Kirkstall Forge 57-acre site will comprise 1,050 homes and 300,000 sq ft of high quality offices and 100,000 sq ft of leisure, shops and restaurants. The oldest continually industrialised UK site, its revitalisation intertwines placemaking, industrial heritage, sustainability, cultural values and quality, providing arguably one of the largest and most inspiring regeneration projects in the North of England.
CEG is also delivering up to 1.5 million sq ft of commercial space at South Bank just minutes’ walk from Leeds City Station.