The Leeds development contains 172 apartments, 17,000ft² of Grade A sustainable offices as well as a gym, deli and basement parking. The project comprised the refurbishment of an existing 1930s six storey hostel building and construction of an adjoining new-build core of 8 storeys, together with 2 storeys to the existing building to form a new mixed use development with basement car parking.
The building's environmental status is enhanced through the use of technologies aimed at minimising residents' carbon footprints via an Internet Protocol network into each apartment; this enables each resident to reduce their utility and media bills by up to a third. All white goods are A and A+ rated and supplied as standard as are flow efficient taps and dual flush toilets to reduce water consumption.
By installing environmentally friendly systems, the scheme will save an anticipated 169 tons of carbon and 3.8m lites of water each year.
The site was originally Brownfield urban scrub; the footprint of the building remains the same whilst the ecological value of the site has greatly increased. Native species design mixed with meadow grass supports local wildlife.
Edible gardens including apple trees and strawberry plants provide a food source for local creatures and residents alike. There is also a residents' allotment to encourage further community interaction between Greenhouse occupants as well as provide fruit and vegetables to sell at the on-site deli.
The building's amazing sustainable achievements were recognised by numerous awards, including:
- Estates Gazette Green Award for Best Residential Development
- CEDIA Best Multi-Dwelling Project
- Premier Guarantee Excellence Award/Environmental Conservation Project of the Year