Number One Kirkstall Forge
ClientCommercial Estates Group
ClientCommercial Estates Group
Setting new standards
Number One Kirkstall Forge is a commercial office development within one of the most inspiring regeneration projects in the UK in recent years. Kirkstall Forge in Leeds is a new development on a former industrial site which will be transformed into a thriving mixed-use community in a stunning woodland and riverside setting.
As the first phase of commercial development, Number One, has set new standards in commercial office design and wellbeing and was awarded by the British Council of Offices the national award Best Commercial Workplace in the UK in 2018.
We were challenged by CEG to deliver a city centre quality building in a rural location and to achieve the highest quality of workspace and specification that would embrace and maximise the space, light and greenery offered by this truly inspiring and historic site.
The BCO National Judging panel praised the way that “Number One had met its demanding expectations by intertwining placemaking, industrial heritage, cultural values and quality, always with the principles of workplace at the core of the decision making process.”
The striking architecture has created a fine landmark for this historic site and the building design aesthetic which utilises dark colour expressed anodised frames, references the rich industrial heritage of Kirkstall Forge in a highly contemporary manner.
Number One has achieved exemplary environmental credentials and the project features a site wide transport plan, new bus and rail services, enhanced footpath and cycleway connectivity, car sharing, cycle and scooter hire. Number One is an innovative and striking workspace with an emphasis on wellbeing that not only works for people as well as the environment, but also promotes sustainable travel.
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.David Hodgson Head of Strategic Development, CEG
From the way Number One Kirkstall Forge was designed and delivered, to the facilities provided for our customers, this building truly is different by design.Nick Lee Development Director, CEG
We don’t design for awards; we design for people. But once in a while, it’s nice to take stock of external measures of success.
National Planning Awards - Placemaking
Best Mixed-Use Development
Winner – Property Wellbeing
Plants at Work
Gold Leaf – Internal Planting – Design & Installation over £10,000
British Council For Offices (BCO) Regional Awards
Winner – Best Commercial Workplace in Northern England
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards (Regional)
Winner – Commercial – Yorkshire & Humber
OAS Development Awards
Winner – Best New Build Outside Central London
Red Bull Extra Mile Workplace Awards
Winner - Best Large Business
British Council For Offices (BCO) National Awards
Winner – Best Commercial Workplace in the UK
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards (National)
Highly Commended – Commercial – Yorkshire & Humber
Top Tech: Yorkshire
World Architecture Festival
Highly Commended – Future Masterplanning
Housing Design Awards
Leeds Architecture Awards
Winner – New Building
AR MIPIM Future Project Awards
Highly Commended – Future Projects - Regeneration and Masterplanning