Yorkshire developers Caddick have revealed their plans for the transformation of Quarry Hill, which promises flats and offices alongside a new park and hotel.
There are exciting times ahead for Leeds city centre, as Caddick prepare to break ground on a massive new mixed-use development this spring that will give us 2 acres of much-need green spaces. They’ve nicknamed it SOYO, a snappier version of its actual location – ‘South of York Road’. Once complete, the £300 million investment will completely regenerate the area, with new apartments, bars, offices and even a new hotel filling the space between West Yorkshire Playhouse and Quarry Hill.
A new park & public space
In total, SOYO covers six-acres, and they’ve dedicated a third of that to creating new parks and public spaces for everyone to enjoy. God knows the city could do with a few more of those. Designed by local company Re-form Landscape Architecture, they won’t just be a nice way to move from A to B, they’ll also be giving you ways to enjoy their newly created outdoor spaces.
So what have they got planned? Well, the main space is the ‘green street’, which will run through the centre of the development. Expect trees, garden spaces and seating areas, as well as spill out zones for new bars, cafes and restaurants. That will be accompanied by the Courtyard Gardens, which will have public areas for visitors and private spaces for residents.
They’re also working with Leeds City Council to add another 4,500 square metres of public space as part of the £13.6 million redevelopment of West Yorkshire Playhouse. Not only will they be creating a new park for theatre-goers to enjoy, but they’ll also be helping to build the Playhouse Square, which will be home to art installations, outdoor theatre and music concerts.
It’s all part of a grand plan to reinvigorate the area
Parks and public spaces aside, SOYO is set to become one of the city’s biggest new developments. They’re working with their neighbours to give you reasons to head over to this side of town. Their role is to create a place where you want to live and work, so they’re kicking off the development with two 16-storey apartment buildings from Moda Living, which promises 515 rent-only flats.
They’re building a mix of studio, one, two and three-bed flats – and they come with perks. You’ll get an on-site gym and games room, as well as shared lounges and a rooftop terrace. They’ve also made way for 9,000 square foot of commercial space, so expect a stash of new bars, restaurants and coffee shops when the development completes.
Once that’s done, they’ll be moving onto the next stage in their grand plan. There are plans for a hotel, and two new blocks, which will be used for student accommodation, apartments or office space. More will be revealed in the coming months, but one thing’s for sure, there are big things ahead for this part of town. After all, this isn’t the only development on the cards. West Yorkshire Playhouse is moving forward with its game-changing facelift and Leeds City College has plans for a new £57 million campus.
“There is a huge amount happening in this area of the city,” Miles Hartley, Managing Director of Caddick Developments, told us. “As well as delivering our own scheme under the SOYO name, we are working alongside our neighbours, from the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Leeds City College to Yorkshire Dance and Northern Ballet, with the idea of using this opportunity to create a wider place identity. Building on the vast cultural heritage of this area is something that has been central to the SOYO plan from day one.”
This is another significant investment in Leeds, in an area that’s about to undergo a huge transformation. It’s great that we’re getting another much-needed green space, but at the end of the day, what we’re really excited about, is seeing the city’s cultural quarter flourish.