What do you see when you think of City Centre living, for us, we see block after block of uninspiring apartments that seem to have been dropped in with no consideration of its surroundings.
It's time for change, City Centre living doesn't need to be that way. It can be so much better, and it should be so much better.
The Climate Innovation District is the largest sustainable development in the UK, and it's happening in Leeds.
We're building houses, the first time they've been built in Leeds City Centre in over 90 years. We're building them next to a river where otters, salmon and Kingfishers live. We're building them in an area where your commute to work in the City Centre can be a leisurely stroll or bike ride.
There will be greenery, public spaces, shared gardens where you can sit and relax, or just catch up with your neighbours. And we're doing it in collaboration with one of the world leaders in sustainable placemaking, White Arkitekter.
The first 6 Citu Homes are now available to reserve. Book a viewing to ensure that you don’t miss out on living in this ground-breaking development.
It's time to change the way we live, work and play in our cities.
Why live in a city centre?
At Citu we only build on brownfield sites in city centre locations.
Why? What’s wrong with the countryside?
There’s nothing wrong with the countryside, we just don’t think we should be building over it. If you work in the centre of a city but live out in the sticks then you’re going to have a stressful commute every morning that wastes hours of your time, costs a fortune and causes a whole lot of pollution.
Living far from your place of work, shops and other amenities makes you totally reliant on your car. But if you live in the centre of a city you have so much more freedom.
Freedom to socialize after work, have a relaxing walk home and still get in-before you would if you lived miles out and had to brave the rush hour traffic each day.
Freedom to head out to the theatre or cinema one evening without having to worry about where you’re going to park the car.
Freedom to spend you hard earned cash in your favourite restaurant rather than on petrol to get you into work every day.
Freedom to spend more time with your family, rather than sat stuck in traffic on your way home.
Don’t let your car rule your life. Don’t have your day ruined by traffic each morning. Live in the city, surrounded by green open spaces alongside the River Aire. There's only one place you can do that. The Climate Innovation District.
When you buy a house or apartment at the Climate Innovation District you own more than just your home. You will have a stake in the future of the whole place, allowing you to shape how the area around you evolves.
To put you in control, we are setting up a Community Interest Company. This is a not for profit organisation that owns and controls the development. All the money it generates stays within the development, and every household has a vote on its investment decisions.
It will maintain all communal areas and parks, make sure your building envelope is kept at the highest standard of efficiency and insure your home. It will also let you keep your place at the cutting edge of sustainability, because you can choose to invest in the latest sustainable technology as it becomes available.
The Community Interest Company is funded by the residents paying a bond (£3,500, the equivalent of purchasing the freehold) when they move in, and the running costs covered by profits generated by the utility cooperative which is controlled by the Community Interest Company.
The utility cooperative owns all the on-site renewables, and provides electricity, water and data at cost prices to all residents. By buying in bulk on behalf of all residents it can provide you with these utilities cheaper than for-profit energy companies. It generates revenue by selling excess solar energy generated on the development back to the grid.
To find out how the Community Interest Company will work at the Climate Innovation District, download our Community Interest Company Guide.
Citu 52 is our exclusive club for those who want to be among the first to live in a Citu place.
If your interested living in an award-winning development that's zero-carbon, beautifully designed and has a real community spirit then you can sign up to Citu 52. You just need to pay a refundable reservation fee, and you can be on the exclusive list to get one of the first 52 homes to be released this year.
Help accelerate the transition to zero-carbon cities while living amongst kingfishers & otters in a digitally enabled smart home just a short stroll from Leeds city centre.Citu 52
Citu was founded to accelerate the transition to zero-carbon cities. It’s a bold goal, and building a handful of low carbon homes a year just isn’t going to cut it. We need scale, and that is what Citu works will deliver.
By being able to produce hundreds of homes per year all to the highest environmental standards we will create the largest low-carbon sustainable development in the UK.
We’re locally sourcing as much of the raw materials as possible, with 70% coming from the Yorkshire area. By building the houses at Citu works on the Climate Innovation District site we eliminate emissions from transporting the completed housing sections to the site. Citu works’ state of the art manufacturing equipment will also allow us to create houses of the highest energy efficiency standards, with air-tightness in excess of Passivhaus requirements. That’ll mean you’ll have ultra-low energy bills whist massively reducing your carbon footprint.
Citu Works opens in 2018 and will offer an experiential journey that helps people to understand the impact of climate change and how living the Climate Innovation District can help the city of Leeds reach its target of reducing carbon emissions 80% by 2050.