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Climate Innovation District, Leeds - light case study


The Climate Innovation District is a £250m car-free housing development in Leeds on a brownfield site and is the largest sustainable development in the UK.

It aims to create sustainable, low carbon communities, providing a great setting for home and family life. It incorporates more than 500 low carbon homes, across the phases, alongside manufacturing, offices, a car-free school, multigenerational building, community facilities and a climate resilient public realm.

The houses built will be the first family houses in the city centre for over 90 years. The development straddles the River Aire, south east of the city centre and to ensure those living there are encouraged to be car-free, the development is links both sides of the river with a new footbridge. The city of Leeds suffered devastating floods on Boxing Day 2015 and preventing surface water from entering the city’s drainage network is key.

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