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Plans unveiled for York Central

Plans have been unveiled for York Central, a large brownfield site to the west of York’s Railway Station. The area is the focus of a major redevelopment project which will deliver up to 2,500 new homes, and up to 100,000 sqm of office, leisure, cultural and retail uses. A multidisciplinary team of Arup, Allies and Morrison and Gustafson Porter + Bowman was appointed in 2016 to masterplan the development on behalf of the York Central Partnership (comprising City of York Council, Network Rail, Homes England and the National Railway Museum).

At 45 hectares, York Central is one of the largest development projects in the UK and is one of the most ambitious projects to be undertaken in the city since the Victorian era. York is a growing city, and this project will help to meet housing needs and provide much needed high grade office space within close proximity of York’s historic city centre.

The site has been shaped by the railways for more than 150 years and this aspect of its identity is guiding the masterplan evolution. New development will be responsive to this heritage and the wider city setting and character. A mix of historic railway buildings and structures will be retained and brought back into use and the National Railway Museum will be expanded with a new central gallery.

The masterplan defines a collection of distinct, yet complementary, places: Station Quarter, which will be a new urban core to the west of York Railway Station; Museum Quarter containing the enhanced National Railway Museum, the main cultural anchor for the site; as well as new neighbourhoods – Cinder Yards, York Yard South, Park Street, Foundry Village and Leeman Yards – each characterful and varied. Lined with new housing, a new Great Park will span the length of the teardrop-shaped site, framing views of York Minster. A complement to York’s medieval walled city, the overall plans for this site respond to local needs, establishing a flexible framework for a piece of city that whilst largely new, will be authentic and familiar.

A public exhibition opens on 21st March at The National Railway Museum in York.