York: Community and Property Updates

October 25, 2018


The demolition of Hudson House by the firm Squibb Group has now been completed to start construction for the new Hudson Quarter development. Approved by city planners last year the 103,000 sq ft office building in central York was originally built the 1960’s by British Rail Eastern Region will now bring forward a new mixed-use project with four buildings with a connection to the adjacent train station for Toft Green and to Micklegate. Construction for Hudson Quarter is expected to begin in February of 2019.


Hudson Quarter, York 


The development is expected to have 127 luxury apartments, 35,500 sq ft of Grade-A offices and 5,000 sq ft devoted to commercial use. The investment firm Palace Capital plc and designed by Leeds-based Fuse Studios are the owners of the two acre property will feature a new office building the largest new build in 20 years for central York.


Speaking to BDaily News Palace Capital chief exec Neil Sinclair said: 


“The completion of the complex demolition process heralds a key landmark for the project and demonstrates our commitment to delivering this development for completion in early 2021.”


“Hudson Quarter will be a vibrant community for people to live and work. The branding represents a new beginning for this part of York and offers a unique opportunity to create a new quarter in the heart of the city.”


“Even at this early stage in the development process, we have been encouraged with the considerable amount of interest in both the apartment and office space.”


Andrew Sharp, of the organisation Make it York says: 


“York is an ideal place from which to do business, it is less than two hours to London by rail and has some of the fastest internet anywhere in the country.”


“The Hudson Quarter redevelopment will take full advantage of this, bringing forward a striking new development in a fantastic location with great access to the rail station and York’s vibrant city centre.”


A new development that has been recently proposed is the Naburn Business Park to be located on St Nicholas Avenue, Fulford. The Press of York report that this new development could add 2,000 new jobs for the city of York. The proposal includes new offices, restaurants a children’s nursery and a gym.


It is reported that the City of York Council will have to examine the plans as the 79-acre site is not available for employment use. 


Richard France, Oakgate Group managing director: 


“Naburn Business Park will provide high quality office and business space for existing companies from York looking to expand but we expect it will also attract major new investment into the City.”


“We would encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation so we can get as much useful feedback on our plans."


Mr France also addressed the issue business development:


“We know many businesses are forced to move out of the area because there is not the choice or flexibility of space available currently, or in the emerging Local Plan.“We think our proposals will complement the city centre and York Central plans, offering more immediate choices to businesses.”


“This development could be delivered quickly and its sustainable credentials gives us confidence it will attract investment and high value jobs into the city, something that the council’s economic strategy is based upon.”


Developers have also discussed the issue of improvements for roads, park and ride services.


Spokesman for Oakgate, Ben Pilgrim, said to The Press:


“We have been in contact with York council, discussing several possibilities of whether to improve the park and ride service or bring in a separate transport service.”


Also in The Press, Cllr Keith Aspden, of Fulford and Heslington Ward, said:


“It is important to note that the area proposed by the developers for Naburn Business Park remains in the green belt, is not included as a site for development in the submitted Local Plan, and that a range of employment sites have already been identified across the city.”


“Our local community has suffered considerable disruption as a result of development in the area and therefore, I would urge residents, particularly in Fulford and Naburn, to respond to any future consultation that the developers will run, particularly with any concerns they have on the impact of congestion, traffic and damage to the environment and character of Fulford and York.”


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