A New Guildhall for a New Future

2nd August 2016


It’s been a source of interest and discussion for the past few years, and now residents are being invited to view the latest designs and plans outlining the potential for the Guildhall complex to become a state of the art venue for business at a special event on Wednesday 3 August.

The Guildhall will open its doors between 11am and 2pm on Wednesday and will welcome views from residents on the latest designs. At the event, residents will also be able to meet the Project Manager who will be on hand to provide more information about the scheme and answer any questions.

The event follows proposals for the riverside complex being approved by Executive last month. The plans look to transform the Guildhall complex and ensure the future viability of one of York’s most significant buildings through the creation of a vibrant business and civic venue, with supporting commercial development on the riverside, maximising its economic use, heritage appeal and public access.

Councillor Chris Steward, Executive Member for Finance and Performance at City of York Council, said: “The Guildhall complex is one of York’s most iconic buildings and these plans look to transform it from an underused asset to a unique venue for business which will bring significant economic benefit to the city of over £66m in Gross Value Added.

“We welcome the views of residents on this scheme and hope they take the chance to see the proposals, meet the team and comment on detailed proposals outlining the future of York’s historic Guildhall.”

A detailed business case will be taken to Executive and Full Council in February 2017 and if approved the work is expected to start mid 2017 with a completion by autumn 2018. Plans will continue to see the council retaining the use of the council chamber for Full Council meetings and the Guildhall for key civic and public events.

For more information, visit City of York Council.


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