Building on York’s ‘Yorkness’

York Central Partnership has submitted an outline planning application for York Central, one of the largest city centre brownfield sites in the UK, with a view to starting on site in 2019. The masterplan has been prepared by a team of Allies and Morrison, Arup and landscape architects Gustafson Porter and Bowman.

The masterplan will transform an underused part of the city centre, creating vibrant new residential, cultural and business neighbourhoods in the heart of York while building on the historic city’s character. Once complete, it is expected to increase the size of York’s economy by over 20 per cent and create around 6,500 jobs.

‘This project is one of the most significant steps in York’s evolution since the railways drove through the medieval city walls in 1840. Understanding of the unique fabric of the city, its “Yorkness,” has been central to the refinement of the masterplan and our approach to public realm and the making of a place’, says Jason Syrett, Partner at Allies and Morrison.

‘The site’s history and the existing railway heritage buildings will provide a rich setting for the new proposals. New connections and open spaces will link isolated railway lands back into the surrounding city and the National Railway Museum will be expanded with a new Central Gallery, a new cultural heart for York’s new city quarter’.