December 2023

We have secured planning approval for the final phase of our SOYO development at the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter.

Blocks A and D were approved by Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel in November.  Both will provide new student accommodation.

Both blocks will comprise 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 created at Block D.

SOYO began construction in 2019, bringing in a new mixed-use development to the Quarry Hill area, creating a new neighbourhood at the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter.

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.

Our Associate Director, Alistair Smith, 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.

“The consultation phase was very positive, and we received great responses to our proposals for both blocks which helped inform the final presentation of the plans to Leeds councillors. 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.”

Residents at Blocks A and D will benefit from a range of amenities, including a 24hr gym, keyfob secure entry, study and collaboration spaces, and roof-top gardens.

The final phase of the development will also complete the landscaping plans, creating one of the largest landscaped spaces in Leeds.

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.