Leeds - New York Square

Leeds, we're coming for you...

10/12/2019

A Moda milestone 

We held our ground breaking event for Moda, New York Square at the magnificent newly re-opened Leeds Playhouse. Not your typical ground breaking event... because we don't do ordinary. 

We were joined by our main contractor Caddick Construction, LeedsBID’s, Martin Dickson and a raft of talented performers from around the city. We’re all about working with local businesses, partners and showcasing Leeds talent…

The official ceremony also marked the first phase of work on-site of SOYO’s £300m redevelopment, transforming the former Quarry Hill car park into a multipurpose neighbourhood including new homes, a hotel, public squares, a multi-storey car park and amenities.

Moda, New York Square will pay homage to the arts and music cultural heritage of Leeds and the former Quarry Hill area. Let the build begin...

The event

In a step away from the usual hard hat, hi-vis ground breaking ceremonies, we marked our place on the map in our home turf by celebrating the evolving community and strength of culture, art and music in the area.

Leeds, a city like no other. A Moda city. It has many stories to tell and we have now begun the start of ours. 

Guests enjoyed live art from local street artist Jameson Rogan and live music from Leeds College of Music’s Tom Beesley. (Let's not forget the Yorkshire pudding canapés.)

We commissioned local poet, Mike Southwell, who performed a powerful and passionate spoken-word piece. "This city to me is more than just a friend, it's the first place I've truly called home... My love for this city can never be overstressed." 

We're changing the rules of renting

The ceremony follows the recently announced funding agreement between Apache Capital and LaSalle for a £96m debt facility and institutional investment for New York Square, LaSalle’s largest build-to-rent development loan.

Designed by award-winning DLG Architects, New York Square will be home to 515 interior designed homes across two C-shaped 16-storey blocks. Chosen for their historical links to Leeds and Quarry Hill flats, the two new blocks will be named Rhodes and Rockland. Each block of flats at Quarry Hill was named after a local Leeds worthy including Joseph Rhodes, a well-known local painter and founder of an art school in the city, and Sir Charles Lupton, Lord Mayor of Leeds in 1915.

The Lupton’s owned an arts and craft stone-built house named Rockland, which was later transformed it into a home for orphaned children of service personnel killed in WW1.

Additional services within the new apartments will include 24-hour hotel-style concierge and round-the-clock professional management all included in the rent with no deposits and no fees, while the bespoke MyModa app will enable residents to report maintenance issues, communicate with the concierge, book events, and even acts as the apartment key.

Moda, New York Square will have a new public courtyard in between the buildings and rooftop terraces overlooking the city centre.

Commercial units will also be delivered on the ground floor, providing interest and activity at street level. The development will host a raft of unrivalled amenities, from shared lounges, flexible workspaces and a cycle hub, to health and wellbeing facilities through a partnership with digital wellness platform - hero, which will track and improve the health and fitness of residents, provide advice from experts across nutrition, fitness and mental health.

James Brining, Artistic Director at Leeds Playhouse, said:

“Recognition of the value culture brings is such an important part of any city, and it is fantastic that the developers of Moda have embraced and celebrated this from the start. From this event to launch New York Square, bringing in amazing talent from Leeds College of Music, local artists, and hosting it at the Playhouse itself, to the buildings’ design, their purpose and even their names – everything links back to the incredible talent we have in the city and we’re excited to see what else is to come.”

Johnny Caddick, Caddick Group and Managing Director at Moda, said:

“Moda breaking ground at SOYO is a huge milestone for both Moda and the new neighbourhood. Already home to a plethora of renowned cultural establishments such as Northern Ballet, Leeds Playhouse, Phoenix Dance and the BBC, our aim is to create high quality homes. As operators, our aim is to create a long-term community working with local businesses and partners to deliver engaging and inclusive environments for people to live, work and play.”

“This is a real Leeds success story with the construction, development and operation being managed throughout by the Caddick Group, in total the Moda development will generate approximately 350 jobs for the city.”