Caddick Construction appointed by Moda for SOYO build

Caddick Construction have been chosen to deliver Moda’s 515 build-to-rent apartments which will make up the first phase of SOYO.

Designed by award-winning DLG Architects, the rental homes will be spread across two C-shaped 16-storey blocks, with a new public courtyard in between, and rooftop terraces overlooking the city. The on-site amenities are unrivalled, with shared lounges, flexible workspaces, a cycle hub and health and wellbeing facilities – all included in the rent.

Other services include 24-hour hotel-style concierge and round-the-clock professional management, while the MyModa app takes care of any maintenance issues, communicates with the concierge, books events and acts as the apartment key.

Moda Leeds will be known as ‘New York Square’ as a nod to nearby New York Road, and its synergy with performing arts and culture.

Together with Apache Capital Partners, Moda has a pipeline of over 7,500 rental homes in eight cities across England and Scotland. Other Moda projects under construction or complete include flagship Angel Gardens in Manchester, The Mercian in Birmingham, the city’s tallest consented residential tower, and The Lexington in Liverpool, a 35-storey, 325-home tower.

Build-to-rent – known as multifamily housing in the US – is popular in North America, where it has been around for decades but has only started to take off in the UK. Cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham have all seen a lot of build-to-rent activity and New York Square will be one of the first, high quality build-to-rent schemes in Leeds. 

The homes at New York Square, where Moda will develop and operate the buildings for the long term, will be a mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments. A unique two bed sharer layout will provide the perfect solution for sharers – two equally-sized bedrooms, with en-suites on either side of a shared living space, allowing for greater privacy, reduced noise and no arguing over who gets the biggest room.

The development forms a key part of the new £300m SOYO neighbourhood being delivered by Caddick Developments, another sister company of Moda Living.

In addition to the 515 Moda rental homes, SOYO will include a new hotel, bars, restaurants, further residential, a multi‑storey car park as well as high quality public realm and open green spaces, The West Yorkshire Playhouse has also recently competed an extensive refurbishment.

Caddick Construction is also building Moda’s flagship Angel Gardens project, a 35-storey, 466-home tower in central Manchester close to where Amazon is opening its first UK HQ outside of London. Moda will welcome the first residents to Angel Gardens in October this year. 

Other Caddick Construction projects include the £33 million Hudson Quarter development in York, creating three luxury residential blocks totalling 122,000 sq ft and 45,000 sq ft of office space.  Recently completing the £43 million redevelopment of the Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds home to Super League team Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Caddick Construction, Caddick Developments and Moda Living are all part of the Yorkshire-based family-run Caddick Group, which reported a record turnover of over £200m this year.

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“There’s no place like home” as The Wizard of Oz becomes Leeds Playhouse’s big Christmas show in the newly renovated theatre

We’re so excited to announce that The Wizard of Oz will be coming to Leeds Playhouse as this year’s big Christmas production. Yes, this beloved show which is loved by all generations will grace the stage of the newly redeveloped Quarry Theatre.

It’s the first in-house production in the newly renovated Quarry Hill Theatre. It gives a whole new meaning to “There’s no place like home!”

The show is based on the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and it features many of the cherished songs from the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland. ‘If I Only Had a Brain’, ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ and Over the Rainbow’ will bring back feelings of pure nostalgia to anybody who’s ever seen the film.

Directed by Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Sunshine on Leith), this new production will run from 20th November 2019 until 25th January 2020.

“Christmas at Leeds Playhouse is always a magical experience and 2019 is set to be extra-special. We can’t wait to welcome everyone into our redeveloped building for this enchanting adventure story for the whole family.”

We can’t think of a better production than The Wizard of Oz to introduce (and reintroduce) patrons to the newly renovated Leeds Playhouse.

There’ll also hosting a sing-a-long performance which encourages the audience to dress up and get involved in the fun. There are also Relaxed and Dementia Friendly performances available.

The Wizard of Oz will be the centrepiece of our reopening season here at Leeds Playhouse. It is a household favourite full of adventure, excitement and magic. I can’t wait to bring the story to life in a fresh, thrilling way for 2019. It’s going to be incredible to see the new Playhouse come alive and to share with audiences the freshly refurbished theatres, restaurants and bars. With the opening of the new public park on our doorstep, there should be a real festive buzz here on Quarry Hill.”

Wizard of Oz

Tickets are now on general sale. So make sure you polish your ruby red slippers in time to see this truly stellar performance. The Wizard of Oz will not be a production to miss!

The show will run from 20th November 2019 – 25th January 2020. The full cast and creative team will be announced later in the year.

We’re partnering with Leeds Playhouse

Leeds Playhouse has announced a five-year cultural partnership with SOYO as part of the landmark Playhouse redevelopment project. Confirmed as a Principal Capital Partner, SOYO (part of the Yorkshire-based Caddick Group) provides a welcome boost to the Playhouse’s redevelopment and vital financial support through this period of revitalisation.

SOYO, the £300m redevelopment within Leeds’ cultural quarter, has pledged a long-term commitment to supporting West Yorkshire Playhouse, alongside Moda which is delivering hundreds of new homes for rent at SOYO. They will join Irwin Mitchell as Principal Capital Partners of the Playhouse’s redevelopment

The £14m redevelopment project, led in partnership with Leeds City Council, will be funded by £4.4m from the City Council, alongside a £6.6m Arts Council England contribution and £3m from the Playhouse’s own resources (including a fundraising target of £2.3m). The proposals for the redevelopment which will mark a vital new chapter in the Playhouse’s long history will see the building transformed and modernised to include changes and improved access to the theatre, a new city-facing entrance and the addition of a new studio theatre space in the Bramall Rock Void.

The five-year partnership includes financial support for Leeds Playhouse’s redevelopment, which is due to start in June 2018, as well as support for the Playhouse to continue to produce great shows during the construction works. The centrepiece of the collaboration is the Playhouse’s Pop Up theatre, in association with SOYO, which will temporarily transform a workshop space on the Playhouse site into a 350-seat theatre, presenting a full and varied programme throughout Autumn 2018 to Spring 2019.

This innovative, long term partnership creates a unique opportunity to experience the Playhouse as it has never been seen before in an environment changing and growing into SOYO  at the heart of the cultural quarter of Leeds.

Leeds Playhouse Executive Director Robin Hawkes said“The Playhouse is delighted to work with Caddick Group and help develop the vision for the SOYO neighbourhood. The Playhouse redevelopment will generate a new focus for the city and establish a base to attract artists and creatives from across Yorkshire and the North. We are proud to be partnering with a business that shares a passion for Leeds and an ambition to build the future of the cultural quarter.”

Myles Hartley, MD at Caddick Developments, the company behind SOYO, said: “SOYO is proud to be collaborating with its neighbours to create one of the best places in the UK to live, work, play, learn and be entertained. Since our initial discussions, West Yorkshire Playhouse has been a keen supporter of SOYO and our vision to create a heart & home in Leeds’ most culturally significant area, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the Playhouse and especially to our association with the Pop Up theatre over the coming months.”

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, added: “Leeds City Region has a strong cultural heritage which resonates internationally and is a key driver for investment. The news of this new partnership between SOYO and West Yorkshire Playhouse is fantastic for both the city and the region, and I look forward to the opening of the Pop Up theatre in Autumn 2018 which will continue the Playhouse’s tradition of great programming during the redevelopment.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: “Following our recently launched cultural strategy and £35m programme taking us to Leeds 2023, we will soon announce the ‘Our Spaces’ strategy transforming and developing our public realm and city spaces into cultural venues. It’s pleasing therefore to see developers understand the benefits that culture and collaboration can bring in today’s partnership between this landmark development and West Yorkshire Playhouse, which is a welcome example of both and our ambition for the city.”

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Moda to be first on site at SoYo

Moda, next generation neighbourhoods for rent are going to be the first on site. They’re famous for creating places to live, spaces to work, people to play. Providing inclusive, connected, convenience to enjoy your city on your terms.

Due to break ground early 2019, New York Square will feature 515 one, two and three bedroom apartments. Creating a genuine step change to the rental market in Leeds, residents will have access to a whole host of onsite amenities and services including a cycle café, pet parlour, shared lounges, roof terraces, co-working, fitness and wellbeing studios.

Moda life

Moda are anything but expected. They create their own finishes. They thrive on bicycles and great coffee. Dogs keep them running. They believe that living well is a necessity and spend their lives curating what we simply call Moda.

The best of all worlds

When you’re part of the Moda family, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of exclusive partnerships with companies like Hero.

Moda are here to make your life easier. That means an apartment ready with superfast fibre, TV and all the latest appliances from the second you move in. And an Uber ready and waiting outside.

A new way of living

They’re so much more than a home. You can make the most of exclusive residents’ lounges, private roof garden, cinema room, gym and yoga space.

And their events mean you’ll never be bored for a second. They host regular BBQs, movie nights and supper clubs for all our residents.

As you can imagine, we’re thrilled to welcome them to the neighbourhood.

Meet our award winning development partners

We wanted to find development partners that would understand our vision for a neighbourhood in the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter. So, after meeting a few people we found some of the best in the industry who are going to work with us to make SoYo something really exciting. Here they are:

DWG Architects

Award winning creatives designing experiences through resilient architectural landscapes.


Landscape Architects – delivering the public space through understanding the community’s values, needs and aspirations.

Moda Living

Providing next generation neighbourhoods for rent with inclusive, connected, convenience to enjoy your city on your terms.