Climate Innovation District wins Housing Design Award

White Arkitekter’s Climate Innovation District in Leeds, UK, has been named as one of this year’s winning schemes at the Housing Design Awards. These prestigious cross-industry awards aim to drive quality in the whole process of housing delivery.

The awards, which would normally have been announced at a ceremony in London, were celebrated online this year over several evenings, to ensure that they remained safe and accessible to all participants.


Delivered by sustainable property developer Citu, the Climate Innovation District draws on Scandinavian best practice and harnesses the latest technology to deliver new low-carbon homes alongside manufacturing, leisure, offices, a care home, primary school and climate resilient public realm.


With an ambition to accelerate the transition towards zero carbon cities, the homes are constructed using a highly efficient timber framed design, which stores 23 tonnes of carbon per house and saves 88 tonnes of emitted CO2, compared with building an equivalent masonry house. The district’s holistic approach to sustainability also incorporates a car-free landscape, rain gardens, green roofs and photovoltaics.

The Climate Innovation District delivers an exemplar model of how to economically build zero carbon neighbourhoods that also provide healthier, smarter and better-connected cities. It’s wonderful to see that recognised by this quality-focused, national award.
Geoff Denton, Architect and Partner at White Arkitekter

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