First Development Starts In Leeds’ SOYO District

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First Development Starts In Leeds’ SOYO District

First Development Starts In Leeds’ SOYO District

The landscape of Leeds city centre is changing apace and there are plenty more developments in the pipeline. One of the latest to be announced is a scheme of 515 build-to-rent homes in the SOYO district of Leeds.

Caddick Construction has been appointed by its sister company Moda Living to carry out the building work. DLG Architects has designed the two C-shaped blocks, which will feature rooftop terraces, as well as commercial units on the ground floor.

Each block will be 16 storeys high, with a new public courtyard to be created between the two buildings.

There will be a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments in the development, which Moda Living plans to operate in the long term.

Johnny Caddick, managing director at Moda Living and director at Caddick Group, told Planning and Building Control Today that his company wants to “raise the bar for rental in the city”.

“New York Square marks the first phase of SOYO, which will regenerate a car park into a new and exciting city centre neighbourhood,” he asserted.

Director of city development for Leeds City Council Martin Farrington praised the company for deciding to bring forward the construction of these two blocks.

“This is a real statement of confidence in Leeds and a further boost to the city,” he stressed. Mr Farrington added: “Since 2013 Leeds has delivered more new housing than any other core city in England and the start of Moda’s scheme will help to ensure that we continue to meet our housing targets.”

In addition to the build-to-rent homes and the commercial units, the development on New York Square will feature a range of other amenities. These include flexible workspaces, a cycle hub and health and wellbeing facilities.

But this is far from the only major development happening in Leeds at the moment. There are many new construction projects getting underway, which is bound to boost demand for scaffolding contractors in Leeds

In fact, earlier this month Leeds Live shared a new interactive map that shows where all the major construction projects are taking place around the city.

The map shows more than 100 construction projects in and around Leeds, with each development highlighted in a colour that relates to its status. Those displayed as blue have been granted planning approval, those in green are currently under construction, and those in yellow are major schemes that aren’t set to be completed for years to come.

It also features the East Leeds Orbit Road, with the area designated for this scheme marked in brown on the map. Developments where an application for planning permission has been submitted but not yet approved are in purple, while newly completed projects are highlighted in orange.

Among the sites where a planning application has been submitted are Globe Road/Greenbank, which is a proposed development of 783 dwellings, as well as 2,315 m2 of commercial space, and Tower works. This planning application is to replace the failed Carillion masterplan. If approved, it will see two new buildings constructed, ranging in size from five to 11 storeys.