Planning consent has been secured to transform land in Leeds where the UK’s largest social housing
complex one lived into a major mixed-use scheme. The news is particularly exciting for buy-to-let
investors as a large part of this development will be build-to-rent apartments.
The agreement signals the next step in the Leeds project which will bring many new high yield
properties to the UK market.
St Cecilia Place
The new development is to be known as St Cecilia Place, and will be built where the Quarry Hill flats
stood before they were demolished in 1978.
The building will include 352 build-to-rent residential units, alongside space for amenities and
Permission to proceed with the project was granted to the Leeds-based firm DLA Architecture. They
will be working on the project with ID Planning, on behalf of their client Metropolitan and District
Sue Sparling, director at DLA Architecture, said of the project’s name, “The site is located on St
Cecilia Street and through early consultation we established St Cecilia is the patron saint of
musicians and therefore, it felt appropriate the development should be known as St Cecilia Place.”
The development will comprise three interlinked buildings of 19, 20 and 22 storeys, which will be
connected by two eight-story buildings.
As well as the apartments, the ground floor will include many sought-after amenities, including
outdoor space in the form of two courtyards, cycle storage and a residential car park. Such amenities
as these are now high on residents’ wish lists, and their inclusion can help create a high rental yield
property in many UK cities.
Sue Sparling said of the plans, “Our design approach recognises the historic building fabric and
characteristics of the island site whilst also complementing the more recent developments in the
“A significant level of amenity space is incorporated, with large communal roof gardens creating
vibrant spaces with far-reaching views of the wider city.
“The building forms create two south-facing landscaped courtyards, along with ecological and visual
enhancement of the retained landscape corridor to the north of the site, which is part of the wider
Leeds Habitat Network.”
Cultural quarter location
St Cecilia Place will sit in the Leeds cultural quarter and forms the final piece of the city’s Quarry Hill
masterplan. As Sue Sparling explained, “the wider Quarry Hill masterplan is known as the cultural
quarter of Leeds and includes Leeds Playhouse, the Northern Ballet and Leeds College of Music
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