Developer Citu has installed a new £1.5 million steel bridge at its Leeds Climate Innovation District, marking a new milestone for the project.
This 50-metre pedestrian bridge will connect the South Bank and city centre across the River Aire. This links in with phase one and two of the £125 million Climate Innovation District development that resides on both sides of the river.
The bridge was funded in part thanks to a £1 million loan from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growing Places Fund. The fund provides loans to reignite paused development. As well as infrastructure projects that will benefit local homes, jobs and the local economy. So far the fund has helped with the development of over 222 acres in the Leeds area.
Standing at three metres wide, this bridge will help with the city council’s £40 million district heat network. The network spans the river as part of the South Bank regeneration project. Due to their high energy efficiency this isn’t required for the new properties in the Climate Innovation District. But the project will help future developments benefit from heat generated at Cross Green’s Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility. The bridge will officially open in spring 2019.
Citu Bridge A Milestone For Leeds South Bank
“The bridge has been described as a “huge milestone…for Leeds South Bank” by Citu MD Chris Thompson.
He further went on to say that “the bridge will act as a catalyst for social and economic change at Hunslet Riverside and the wider South Bank. This would provide a crucial link across the river. As well as being a real eye-catching landmark that local residents can be proud of.
“Citu’s whole ethos is to offer a model of how to build zero carbon neighbourhoods that also provide healthier, smarter and better-connected cities.
“The Climate Innovation District is one of the UK’s leading example of this and the bridge is a central pillar – literally – of this successful philosophy.”
Roger Marsh OBE, the chair of the LEP stated that “the Climate Innovation District is one of most exciting developments in the UK and is totally transforming the South Bank area of the city.
“When it is completed the new bridge will connect communities on both sides of the River Aire. It will also open up a healthier walking and cycling route into the city centre. All while paying tribute to the industrial heritage of the area.”
He continued: “We’re committed to funding projects which make a real difference to people’s lives. This is a fantastic example of how we can strive to be a cleaner, greener city region where investment benefits everyone.”