A wide range of further opportunities are available at development sites across the city, including the Enterprise Zone at York Central, Castle Gateway covering 2.5 hectares of the city centre, and the Guildhall complex – a key building in the city which will provide a world-class business hub and serviced office venue.
York Central is a significant development opportunity, providing a site area of c.75ha, which will be developed as a new and exciting quarter of the city. Located in the heart of York, immediately adjacent to the railway station, the site offers significant potential for future economic growth and housing delivery, including a high quality central business district representing a significant opportunity for businesses looking to establish new headquarters or a regional presence in a dynamic and highly sustainable location. Benefiting from designated enterprise zone status, the site offers new commercial occupiers incentives of up to 100% business rate relief for 5 years, up to a maximum of £275,000.
The National Railway Museum also has plans to implement its £48m masterplan proposals to improve the setting of this world-class museum as part of the wider scheme. Partners, including City of York Council, Network Rail, the National Railway Museum and the Homes & Communities Agency, are working to promote the development and regeneration potential through collaborative working and provision of infrastructure.
The proposals seek to create c.80,000sqm (gross) of high-quality commercial led development with ancillary leisure and retail uses, 7,000 new jobs and between 1,500 and 2,500 new homes. Permeability through the site, linkages to neighbouring communities and capitalising on rail connectivity will be fundamental to the success of the scheme, which will be a highly sustainable development.
Masterplanning and Planning
- Appointment of design team: ARUP, Allies & Morrison, Gustafson Porter.
- Developing viable masterplan options for consultation.
- Appointment of communications consultants: Aberfield.
- Planning applications next year – outline and detailed.
Commercial Delivery Strategy
- Viability testing underway.
- Development partner procurement – soft market testing later 2017.
- Inward investment – identifying occupiers.
Target date to commence construction 2019.
Castle Gateway provides an exceptional opportunity for high quality, mixed use development in a prime city centre location. The diverse regeneration site is strategically positioned on the confluence of the River Ouse and River Foss, spreading in to the heart of York’s heritage, commercial and retail offer. Covering 2.15 hectares of the city centre, and including four council owned potential development sites, it encompasses:
- the internationally renowned historic monument of Clifford’s Tower
- major tourist attractions, including the Castle Museum Jorvik Viking Centre and Fairfax House
- the recent expansion of major retailers such as Topshop, Primark and Fenwick
- the vibrancy and cool of Fossgate’s small and independent traders and bars
- the water-borne regeneration opportunities of the Foss Basin
- the unrealised potential of Piccadilly, a new route in to the heart of the city
In January 2017 the council’s Executive approved the high level vision for the regeneration of the Castle Gateway. The vision proposes to drastically improve the setting of Clifford’s Tower and the major museums by closing Castle Car Park, to be replaced with new high quality public realm and buildings, and rejuvenate the Coppergate Centre. Connectivity throughout the site would be improved with a pedestrian/cycle bridge and riverside walkways, derelict and vacant buildings on Piccadilly would be replaced with mixed use development opportunities, and future options to transform St George’s Field Car Park and the Foss Basin would be explored.
The council have appointed BDP to act as consultants to translate this vision in to a masterplan for the area. The masterplan is being shaped by the Castle Gateway Advisory Group (a partnership of local stakeholders and key custodians) and the My Castle Gateway project, a bold and innovative approach to public engagement through open conversations and social media which is facilitated by My Future York. High level options will be produced in September 2017 for consultation, with a preferred masterplan option and proposed delivery model to be taken to the Executive in late 2017/early 2018.
More information on the My Castle Gateway project including how you can get involved in shaping the future of the area can be found on the My Castle Gateway website.
The Guildhall complex lies at the heart of the city, just a short walk from the main railway station. The proposals for the refurbishment and redevelopment of the historic buildings to provide state-of-the-art business club and serviced office accommodation were granted Planning and Listed Building Consent in February, and the council confirmed financial approval to deliver the project in March. An associated high-end restaurant development offering a unique riverside dining experience completes the commercial offer. The council is currently procuring a contractor to deliver the project.
The development has been designed to cater for the city’s growing micro / SME business community. It’s intended to be particularly attractive to modern businesses seeking a high quality environment, coupled with modern amenity standards on flexible terms. The development will provide on-site business lounges, meeting rooms, events and break-out spaces, designed to offer a hub location for collaborative business transactions in today’s fast-paced, creative business environment.
The characterful heritage setting, will also provide the very best modern format office services, Gigabit connectivity, and ‘plug and play’ meeting facilities. The wider riverside redevelopment will include enhanced leisure opportunities, encompassing a new riverside courtyard garden space and the potential for a further phase of development extending along the river frontage.