More sustainable homes for KelhamPosted by: Richard Abbey
The UK’s leading, sustainable developer Citu has started work on ‘Kelham Central’ a brand-new development at the ‘centre’ of the nationally acclaimed former industrial area Kelham Island.
Kelham Central will provide a new and exciting place for people to live, meet and play, with confidence they are taking a conscious step to living more sustainably in industry leading, low-carbon homes.
Citu has taken the principles that have made the award-winning Little Kelham such a popular place and re-imagined them with new, exciting designs.
The development will feature 113 new homes, a mixture of apartments and houses, bar, restaurant and office opportunities as well as large, open public gardens and squares.
Citu has a long-standing commitment to Sheffield with initial investment stretching back to 2013 when it developed the now, near-complete Little Kelham development - a proud neighbour to Kelham Central. Little Kelham is now a lively district of 200 low-carbon homes, offices, bars and restaurants in Kelham Island. It has attracted hundreds of residents and local businesses thanks to its unrivalled sustainability credentials and open spaces.
Coupled with city centre attractions and Sheffield’s public transport network a short walk away, Kelham Central and Little Kelham are living proof that the ‘15-minute city’ concept is working in Sheffield. Kelham Central will build on this proven success and pave the way for more people to enjoy the benefits of sustainable, city centre living.
Kelham Central will offer ecological and usable gardens, people-first streets, and bold contemporary architecture. It will include a blend of houses and apartments with spacious open-plan, light and space-led designs.
Sustainability runs through the entirety of Kelham Central, from design, through to construction, materials, fixtures, fittings and energy provision. For the first time in Sheffield, the homes will be built using Citu’s off-site, timber framed housing system, designed to the highest environmental standards, which are manufactured at the company’s factory, Citu Works, in Leeds. All the homes in Kelham Central will be heated by carbon neutral renewable energy with a fabric-first design approach with smart technology managing the daily performance and air quality.
In line with Citu’s bold sustainability vision, there will only be 38 car parking spaces available, which equates to 0.4 spaces per resident – far less than industry standards. Cars have truly been demoted through the wider urban design, hidden under podiums, giving priority to people in the streets and open spaces around the development; encouraging residents to walk, cycle and to use the convenient nearby public transport links. Homes have been designed for the long term, expanding the established community which has tended to put down roots and make Little Kelham a long-term home and place.
The first phase of Garden Apartments will be launched in June, with completion of the whole project planned for 2023. For more information on Little Kelham, click here.