Plans for the huge new development behind York Station are moving forward, and this is how it could look.
York Central is set to transform a huge brownfield site, in a scheme that incorporates housing, businesses, leisure and open space.
It is one of the UK’s largest city centre regeneration schemes.
There are £135 million of infrastructure works underway to enable the scheme to progress. These include around 1.8 miles of new roads, footpaths, cycleways and two new bridges over the East Coast Main Line.
Today it was announced that McLaren Property and Arlington Real Estate have been selected as the preferred developer for York Central.
Homes England, Network Rail, City of York Council and the National Railway Museum are partners in the development, which they hope will create up to 6,500 jobs and deliver £1.1 billion of gross value added to the economy of York every year.
The ambition is to transform “underutilised railway land into vibrant and distinctive residential neighbourhoods, cultural spaces, high quality public realm and a high-quality commercial quarter”.
About York Central
York Central is a 111 acre site, that is aiming to deliver
- up to 2,500 homes, 20% of which will be affordable
- and up to 1 million sq ft of commercial space for offices, retail and leisure
A network of vibrant public squares linking to surrounding neighbourhoods in the city centre are part of the scheme, as well as improvements to York Station and an expanded and enhanced National Railway Museum
The York Central website is here
What they said
Tom Gilman, regional managing director of McLaren Property, said: “As a local of York, it is a privilege to be chosen as custodians of this hugely significant regeneration project, to build on the great work done by Homes England and Network Rail and deliver a scheme focused on people, place, planet, partnership and prosperity.”
Allan Cook, founder of Arlington Real Estate, said: “Having spent the last 15 years focusing on the delivery of large scale mixed use development schemes in the North of England we have witnessed firsthand the positive benefits, to both communities and the local economy, of large scale regeneration.
“We are delighted to have been given the opportunity, alongside our partners McLaren Property, to be able to write the next chapter in the story of this great historic city.”
Peter Denton, chief executive at Homes England said: “Over the last few years, Homes England and Network Rail have worked closely with City of York Council to create a vision and masterplan, and have invested in the critical infrastructure to make this a reality.
“It will now be delivered at pace through our chosen development partner for long term delivery and stewardship”.
Robin Dobson, group property director at Network Rail said: “This is a strategic step forward in the regeneration of over 110 acres of underused railway land to deliver significant investment and social value for the city and region.”