York council offices: new site, new architects, new images
[FIRST LOOK] Crease Strickland Parkins (CSP) has revealed images of its proposals to house York City Council in the city’s historic ‘old’ railway station
The authority had previously been looking to build a £40 million headquarters, designed by RMJM, in the Hungate area of the city until English Heritage effectively torpedoed the project in summer 2008 claiming the scheme was ‘too large for the sensitive site’ (pictured below).
The search then began for an alternative plot capable of housing staff from 16 different sites and subsequently a contest was launched to find a development team to convert and extend the 1840s Grade-II listed station.
Locally based CSP landed the 13,600m² development as part of the victorious York Investors development team, made up of local firm S Harrison and national property consultancy Buccleuch Property.
Martyn Harrison, chairman of S Harrison Group, said that the scheme would give York ‘a major boost’.
The scheme, which effectively features 60 per cent new build and 40 per cent retrofit, is expected to be completed in 2012.