A masterplan for the £30M redevelopment of York city centre has been revealed.
The Castle Gateway plan includes proposals for a new bridge, a riverside pedestrian walkway and road improvements.
Intended to transform the area around Clifford’s Tower, work also includes a new junction at the south of Piccadilly, which is one of the main routes into the city centre.
New flats next to the Foss Basin would be built on the flood wall, and a riverside walkway would allow for a pedestrian route into the city centre, as well as a cycle bridge across the River Foss. Meanwhile, a multi-storey car park, with a roof-top viewing platform, and coach park are proposed for the St George’s Field area of the city.
A masterplan report, due to be considered by the council’s executive committee on Thursday, also identifies potential changes to the transport network such as path improvements, reducing the width of key roads and bus stop arrangements.
The work will be split into four packages. A contractor for the car park, which is in package one, could be appointed by the end of this year. Work is timetabled to start in spring next year to be completed by autumn 2020.
City of York Council leader Ian Gillies said: “I’m delighted to reveal a masterplan which is both deliverable while meeting residents’ ambitions and respecting the area’s heritage.
“At its heart is one of our most historic sites, which for the first time in decades, will have the car-free setting it deserves.
“The high quality public space around it will set the tone for the total transformation of this part of York.”
BDP was appointed as masterplan consultants and WSP provided transport modelling for road junction alterations.
Another major development in the city took a step forward last month as the council launched a search for a construction partner for the York Central scheme.
The proposals aim to open up the underused land around the railway station and include the construction of a bridge and a road.