Landscape architect firm BDP has announced the details of a £30m landscape masterplan in York.
The Castle Gateway project will create a high quality public realm around the historic Clifford’s Tower, along with riverside walkways and a pedestrian cycle bridge over the river Foss.
New homes and water based leisure activities have also been planned and Piccadilly Street will be revitalised as a pedestrian-friendly road, with new apartments that sit above hubs for independent traders and local businesses.
Francis Glare, head of ‘urbanism’ at BDP, said: “This is an ambitious but deliverable masterplan that transforms the historic southern gateway to the city centre, including the area around Clifford’s Tower. The strategy reclaims the public realm for cultural and civic uses, for residents and visitors, through relocation of car parks and remodelling of streets.”
He added: “The BDP team worked with stakeholders including CYC, residents, Historic England and the Environment Agency, reconciling their views and interests, along with the history and heritage of the area, and the technical, planning and commercial possibilities of the site.”
Ian Gillies, leader of City of York Council, 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.”