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Major Leeds Construction Project Moves Forward
There are set to be more cranes on the Leeds city skyline in the not too distant future, after detailed planning permission was granted to the first phase of the SOYO (South Of YOrk road) development.
Caddick Developments, which is overseeing the scheme, announced that construction on the new buildings will begin later in 2018.
Under the plans, SOYO, which is located in the Quarry Hill area of Leeds, will deliver 515 apartments for rent across two 16-storey blocks, the Yorkshire Post reported. In addition, there will be a host of onsite facilities for those living in the buildings, including a cycle cafe, roof terraces, a fitness centre and communal lounges.
The firm’s director Johnny Caddick told the newspaper that they are hoping to provide high-standard accommodation for local renters that will “raise the bar”.
“Being right on the doorstep of major cultural institutions, at the heart of a brand new neighbourhood and on the cutting edge of lifestyle trends, New York Square at SOYO will be one of the best places to live in Leeds,” he asserted.
In the meantime, you can expect to see scaffolders in Leeds at work as the construction project progresses.
Earlier this year, SOYO and the West Yorkshire Playhouse announced a five-year partnership, with the development becoming a principal capital partner in the cultural organisation alongside law firm Irwin Mitchell.
As part of this commitment, the developer will ensure that the theatre is still able to operate during its construction works on the SOYO site. Redeveloping the playhouse is part of the wider SOYO project, which is costing £300 million in total.
In addition to the residential accommodation planned for the first development phase, the scheme will also deliver new restaurants, co-working space, bars, a hotel and a new public realm.
Caddick, in addition to the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Leeds City Council, are billing Quarry Hill as Leeds’ cultural quarter, and intend to put particular emphasis on this element of the development.
But this isn’t the only new construction scheme making headway in Leeds. Business Leader recently reported on the start of work on a new residential scheme in Kirkstall Road.
KMRE Group is behind the development and has engaged Hollycroft Construction to build the scheme of 111 high-end apartments, which will have one, two and three-bedroom apartments available to rent.
Managing director of the organisation Kam Mogul said: “Kirkstall Road is a rapidly changing part of the city. Considering Kirkstall’s close proximity to Leeds City Centre and the wide range of public transport options on offer, this is a popular area.”
The building is expected to be completed by the spring of 2019, with the firm hoping to attract long-term tenants by offering larger sized apartments that are suitable for families in addition to the smaller one-bed options.
Mr Mogul also expects this area of the city to see further investment in the coming years, particularly with the arrival of HS2, and believes now is a good time to plough money into developing properties around Leeds.