Our Story


We’re a young urban sustainable property developer who's committed to tackling climate change by helping to create better city centre places to live, work and play.

Our houses won’t help you to live a contemporary lifestyle, mainly because we don’t know what it means.

We tried to figure it out, we even hired a top brand agency to work it out for us and we still came out with nothing.

So, you’ll never hear us talk that way.

What we do like to talk about is design, sustainability, innovation & technology, and how we put it all together to create mixed used urban developments that help us to achieve our purpose: to accelerate the transition to zero carbon cities.

That’s what gets us excited.

And because we’re committed to urban regeneration, you’ll never see us building anywhere other than the city, especially when there's so many spaces that need to be regenerated.

We also know that if you're going to tackle climate change, we can't do it alone.  We collaborate with world leaders in their field to make sure that it's not just how you live in the house that makes the difference, but how we create them as well.

That’s why we work with White Arkitekter, a leader in sustainable placemaking to help us design our places, and why we worked with Leeds Beckett University to develop our innovative timber framed housing design that we produce from our own manufacturing facility Citu Works.

But it's not always about creating something from the ground up, sometimes you need to bring an area back to life.  We work with organisations like Historic England to ensure that when we do, the history and character of the original building remains.

Sometimes we'll take a wrong turn, but when you're continually innovating, you're continually learning. 

We're only at the start of our journey, and we want you to come on it with us.

Together we can accelerate the transition to zero carbon cities and reverse global warming.

Innovation & Technology


Normal ways of doing things are there to be challenged.  If we’re going to make life better, we need to try new things.  We need to be brave. 

To achieve this, we are curious, always looking for what is around the corner.  We share what we know and encourage others to do the same.  And we are excited.  Excited by the latest idea and the improvements we are making.

Our philosophy is that better technology leads to better performance, so we look for sustainable solutions that will improve the buildings and places we create.  And if they don't exist, we create them ourselves.

It's only by challenging convention that we can start to accelerate the transition to zero carbon cities.

Sustainability


Sustainability is a complex issue, and it's hard to know where to start if you want to do more to tackle climate change.  

At Citu, we try to keep it simple.

Buildings, energy systems and transport all give out significant amounts of carbon.  We address each of these complex issues in the places we develop, resulting in a range of positive effects.  These include:

  • Better air quality
  • Places which can adapt to changing climates
  • Improved biodiversity

Our places also improve those things which are harder to see and just as important to you, such as health and wellbeing, quality of life and a sense of community.  It’s a difficult job juggling all of these concerns, but, like you, we do as much as we can to help us all live more sustainably.

Community


People make a community, and for a community to grow the people living there need to take ownership of it.

This can’t happen if the owners of the home don’t live there, so we don’t do buy-to-let or sell our homes to investors in any of our new Places.

It’s bold, it’s brave, but we believe that when people are looking for a place called home they want to know who their neighbours are.

Citu Manufacturing


It's no good producing one or two low carbon, energy-efficient homes a year.  That kind of output is not going to accelerate any kind of transition to zero carbon cities.

If we're going to do this, we're going to need a bigger boat.

Citu Manufacturing can produce 750 Citu Homes a year, all to the highest environmental standard while greatly reducing the carbon footprint in the construction process compared to traditional methods.

Now we're talking.

We'll be opening the doors to Citu Manufacturing later in the year allowing everyone to come and see how a Citu Home is made.

Our people and Culture


Changing the world is tough and challenging convention requires courage, so we’ve assembled our own version of the ‘A Team’ to get the job done.

We’ve come from all walks of life, with our own set of unique skills, but we all have something in common.  We’re passionate and committed to making a difference.

We know it’s not going to be easy, that’s why we work in a way that encourages personal and professional growth. A way that gives you the freedom to explore, be curious, to fail, to dust yourself off and go again. 

Why by creative?  Why challenge the rules?  Why run the risk of failing and looking like a fool? The world is changing.  It’s no longer possible to solve today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions.

Our elite business coach has a saying, “don’t give yourself a Plan B to fail into”. 

When it comes to climate change, there is no Plan B.

Meet the Team


  • Fraser

    Finance Director
  • Jamie

    Finance

    Jamie Blacker is our resident DJ/Rockstar who offers a 5 day a week side-line in Accounts and Customer Service.

    When he isn’t touring the world with his entourage of adoring fans playing loud and bangy music, he is firmly rooted in providing the most efficient payment experience in Yorkshire.

    Jamie might be a bit rough looking with his tattoos and wold trademarked ‘Blue Steele’ stare but he is every bit the resolver of all your accounting woes.

  • Mark

    Production Manager
  • Marcos

    Production Manager
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