Caddick Developments moves forward with plans for new city centre destination in Leeds
Apartments designed specifically for rent, office space, hotels, student accommodation and car parking are all part of the initial phase of plans being put forward by Caddick Developments to transform a key Leeds city centre site.
The first phase of development on the six-acre Quarry Hill site in central Leeds was unveiled in a pre-app presentation to the city centre plans panel. Phase one will comprise of 515 purpose-built rental apartments. Designed by award-winning DLG Architects, the homes will be delivered by Moda Living and spread across two 16-storey blocks, and include 9,000 sq. ft. of commercial space as well as extensive high quality new public realm. Four other commercial blocks will be delivered in later phases as part of the transformational redevelopment of this site.
It will be Leeds’ biggest city centre residential project in over 10 years, and will provide much needed quality rental housing. The mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments will be targeted at Leeds’ growing population of professionals. With a local economy worth £60billion, Leeds is the UK’s fastest growing city region and has the largest workforce outside of London.
Major cultural institutions such as the Northern Ballet and BBC are right on the doorstep of Quarry Hill, as are the Department of Health and Department for Work and Pensions. Leeds City College, which neighbours Quarry Hill, has also started construction of a new £57m facility for digital and creative arts and health and social science, while the West Yorkshire Playhouse is pushing ahead with its £14m redevelopment plans.
Sarah Friskney, senior development surveyor at Caddick Developments, said:
“Offering extensive public realm, as well as new homes, office space, bars and restaurants, this initial phase of development at Quarry Hill will breathe new life into the city centre and emerge as a destination in its own right, complementing the existing major key cultural institutions such as the BBC, Northern Ballet, Leeds College of Music, the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the new Leeds City College
“Quality housing and work space are crucial to Leeds’ ambitions to being a core part of the Northern Powerhouse, and we look forward to working closely with the City Council.”
Myles Hartley, director at Caddick Developments, said:
“We have a strong desire to deliver a really high quality and unique brand of hotel right in front of the playhouse.
“We are talking to a number of really interesting operators, particularly out of London.
“We hope if those discussions go well we could be on site next year and deliver a really great hotel for Leeds.”