Student Projects 3: 2017

Innovative proposals for the Morrisons and playing fields area from  Saumya Sampat:


Saumya Sampat proposals

Full proposals here: Saumya Sampat – Morrisons area

Alternative proposals for the same area from Teri Aken, Sam Sinn and Ed Stratton:

Ed's Island

Eds Flood

Full report here: Teri Aken, Sam Sinn and Ed Stratton

Marc Delaunay‘s proposals for the whole KVP area.


Kirkstall Abbey water meadows by Davanshi Rajgarhia:
Full report here: Davanshi Rajgarhia

New ideas for St Anns Mill by Lucy Junes:Lucy

Full report here Lucy Jones – St Anne Mill




Student Projects 2: 2016

Between September 2015 and January 2016, Masters students from Leeds Becket University, working on the Cities Alive module, (with tutors Tom Bliss, Chris Royffe and Ruwan Aluvihare teaching around the principles promoted in Arup’s Tom and Sally Armour’s book of the same name), took the concept proposals created by the summer school students, (see Step 1 below) and developed them to the next stage.

NB These proposals are more strongly influenced by the post-grad module requirements than the core objectives of KEEP.

Wayne's World

Visualisation of new bridge, park and vertical farm by Wayne Worsdale 2016

Wayne developed Area 5 (between the railway and the canal) – containing the green technology energy park, one potential site for a vertical farm, sites for the other innovative food producers and green industries, the marina, and general park amenities. Area 5 (Green Technology Park) Wayne Worsdale

Charlie Coppice pic

Visualisation of coppicing in the Nature Reserve (above) and detail of Forest Garden planting (Below) by Charlie Caldicott 2016

Forest Garden Plan

Charlie investigated how the nature reserve in Area 4 might be made more productive, without detriment to its status, by introducing coppicing, forest gardens and grafted orchards. Area 4 (Nature Reserve) Charlie Caldicott

Trash Trap

Vivian’s wonderful Trash Trap Bridge 2016

Vivian looked at Area 6 in more detail – this is the area which contains Armley Mills and weir, extending up to the marina and sports area. Area 6 (Armley Mills +) Vivian Ng


Visualisation of riverside café  by Mohamed Al Abri 2016

Mohamed explored the possibility that the private 9 hole golf course on Redcote Lane might be relocated to within the LCC 18 hole course, which is being privatised (with the local club possibly only taking half of the course), thus freeing up riverside land for KEEP development. Area 3 + (Farm and Golf Course) Mohamed Al Abri

Other students developed ideas influenced by KEEP in other parts of the valley.



Student Projects 1: 2015

This is the proposal document produced by the summer school students

Summer School Proposals as a 117 page booklet

NB This contains a few errors, omissions and ‘big ideas’ – as student work will

Summer School proposals as separate chapters (for easier access)

Introduction Summary, background, survey and analysis

AREA 1 New under-bridges and Abbey Mills brewery, shops and green enterprise

AREA 2 St Anns Mills, vertical farm, sustainability centre and businesses (3 options)

AREA 3 Community research farm, shop, café, accommodation and gig space

AREA 4 Canoe club and nature reserves with coppice, orchards, hydro power etc

AREA 5 Energy farm and green technology park

AREA 6 Armley MIlls, sculpture trails, solar furniture etc

Appendices – references for Summer School Proposals (2015)

Includes research findings on: Deep Green Building Standards (‘The Living Building Challenge’), River Stewardship, Small Scale Renewable Energy Projects, Soils and Compost / Waste Remediation, Vertical Farming and Small Scale Closed Loop Food Systems, Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Laura Fogg MA proposals for St Anns Mills in full

The proposals were shared with interested parties in a seminar at Leeds Beckett on 15 10 15.

KEEP seminar audio


Other relevant Leeds Beckett Student Proposals

Insects for Human Consumption The Grubbies (from Baker, Contini and Wyman MA) (NB these proposals relate to Meanwood and Hyde Park, but are very applicable to KEEP)

The Grubbies

Gotts Park Public Garden schemes (Emma Oldroyd and BA students)

Since the seminar, the KVP committee applied for and won funding for a Pocket Park at St Anns Mills to connect the existing path between the river and the rugby ground with the bridges over the weir by the fish pass. The first phase of this has now been built.

Pocket Park Proposal by KVP