Permission given for hundreds more student apartments in city

Caddick Group’s SOYO development in Leeds has secured planning approval for the final phase of the new neighbourhood from Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel.

SOYO blocks A and D will bring more student accommodation to the city centre.

Both blocks will be comprised of a mix of studio and cluster flats, with the overall design complementing the rest of the new neighbourhood.

Block A will bring 360 student units to the neighbourhood, adding to the 291 units due to be delivered at Block D.

SOYO began construction in 2019, bringing in a new mixed-use development to the Quarry Hill area.

The first two buildings, Moda New York Square, opened in 2022, comprising 551 studios and apartments. The latest buildings, Madison East and Mercer West for Hestia, are due to open to residents in the New Year.

Alistair Smith, associate director at Caddick Developments, said: “We are pleased to receive approval on both Blocks A and D from Leeds City Council.

“With this, we can now progress the final phase of SOYO and complete this exemplar development that has already brought significant jobs and investment to the city.

“Through our ongoing collaboration with the local community and surrounding cultural institutions, we are already seeing the positive change that SOYO is bringing to this area of Leeds, cementing its status as an exemplar regeneration story for the city.”

Once completed, residents at Blocks A and D will benefit from amenities such as a gym, study and collaboration spaces, and roof-top gardens.

It is intended that the development will be connected to the Leeds district heating network, so will help meet the council’s objective of making the city carbon neutral by 2030.

The project team includes ID Planning, Box Clever, DLG Architects, Fuse Architects, Re-Form Landscape Architecture, Roscoe, Tate Consulting, Richard Boothroyd and Associates, Fore Consulting, Jensen Hughes, Jameson Acoustics, Stroma Building Control, Ridge and Partners and Carbon-Climate-Certified.

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