Climate Innovation District, Leeds
Leeds Climate Innovation District (CID) for Citu is the largest sustainable project in the UK. As civil and structural engineers we’ve been involved from the start of this project which aims to create sustainable communities, close to the city centre, in low carbon developments, providing a great setting for new homes and family life. Phase 1 of the development consists of 312 homes, manufactured to Passivhaus principles Bank. We worked closely with Citu, the timber frame manufacturer, to refine the concept. The infrastructure has been designed to add as much value to the development as possible through enhanced biodiversity and amenity.
The SuDS exemplar will see storm water managed at source, attenuated and conveyed through the functional landscape. The landscape will contribute to a reduced flood risk, surface water is managed at source through a combination of tree planting, permeable paving, rain gardens and ponds. It’s a great example of a high quality SuDS scheme that contributes to amenity, biodiversity and ecology, whilst minimising below ground drainage and avoiding the need to bury plastic attenuation tanks. We have worked with the team including architects / landscape architects, M&E to help shape the project from the outset and are already working on future phases.