Citu sets to work on dual purpose bridge providing vital link to Leeds South Bank

Posted 08:00, 16 Mar 2018
By: Anita Morris

Sustainable urban developer Citu is forging ahead with plans to construct a new 50 metre pedestrian bridge which will provide a vital link across the River Aire between the two sites of its pioneering Climate Innovation District.

The bridge will also connect previously isolated communities in Cross Green, Hunslet and the surrounding areas to an easy pedestrian route into the heart of the city; halving the time it takes to walk into the centre from 20 minutes down to 10 minutes, allowing a healthier, safer journey along the River Aire

The bridge, which can also be used by cyclists in line with Leeds City Council’s highways policy on new infrastructure, will perform a duel role. As well as creating an integral link, the 1.5m bridge wide has been engineered to accommodate  Leeds City Council’s planned £40m district heat network, which was approved last July, over the river to the landmark South Bank regeneration project.

Citu are committed to investing in the wider sustainable regeneration of the South Bank in the long term. The district heat network is not required for the homes in the Climate Innovation District due to the airtightness and high performance of their innovative timber-framed design, but it will offer both existing and future developments in the area the opportunity to benefit from the Council’s flagship district heat network which will harness heat from its new RERF (recycling and energy recovery facility) at Cross Green.

To read more about Citu’s Climate Innovation District as featured in the New Statesman, click here .