February 2023

The latest plans for our SOYO Development at the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter have now been submitted to Leeds City Council, following positive pre-application discussions and a public consultation exercise.

The proposal for Block D seeks to bring high-quality student residential accommodation to SOYO, comprised of 291 beds. The accommodation will include a mix of studio and cluster flats, with students able to enjoy the benefits of living in a vibrant and exciting part of the city. The design of the building will be of a high quality, complimenting the other parts of the overall SOYO scheme.

The public consultation gave residents, stakeholders and other interested parties the opportunity to comment on proposals and feed into the final submission

Alistair Smith, Associate Director said: “SOYO is a landmark development for Leeds and we’re proud to have brought forward these latest plans for the neighbourhood. We’ve worked closely with partners and local residents to deliver a project that further enhances the area, bringing additional footfall to the cultural quarter and creating a great place to live and work.“

Designed by Leeds-based Fuse Architects, this latest part of the SOYO development will seek to be an exemplar student scheme for the city, adding to an increasingly vibrant neighbourhood. Residents will benefit from a range of amenities, such as; 24hr gym and wellness initiatives, keyfob secure entry, dedicated study and collaboration spaces, and roof-top gardens. The development will also complete a further section of the wider landscaping scheme, including a feature pocket park zone.

The first phase of SOYO, Moda New York Square, opened in autumn last year (2022). Phase two, a development of 331 build to rent (BTR) apartments is currently under construction for Hestia. Once finished SOYO Leeds will create over 1 million square feet of high-quality development, incorporating new shops and restaurants, and including some of the largest landscaped spaces in the city. The application has been managed by ID Planning.