Property and sites development

Whether you are new to York or relocating to new facilities, we can help you find the right commercial, industrial or laboratory space for your operations. Our team can run property searches, organise tailor-made fact-finding tours to sites and properties, and introduce you to real estate agents, developers, lawyers and public authorities.

In order for us to assist you in finding suitable space, please call us on 01904 554400 or email us at with your requirements and we will respond within two working days. Alternatively please complete our online enquiry form on our Make It York For Business website.

Commercial property across York

Businesses of all sectors and sizes are provided for in York, with a range of cost-effective, quality business accommodation options both within the city centre and on business parks and hubs situated at key points right across the wider city.

City centre

The centre of York provides the full spectrum of office space, all within walking distance of York Railway Station. Grade A office units provide high quality accommodation for ambitious, flourishing businesses, whilst serviced offices provide a range of options for a soft landing, with modern, flexible facilities offering hot-desking, collaboration opportunities and flexible terms.

Business parks

York’s numerous business parks cater for all business uses, from large industrial and warehouse units through to headquarter office buildings, flexible, managed space, and laboratory units. A number of York’s business parks offer land for speculative development along with established units for warehousing, manufacture and distribution. These parks are strategically located to provide quick and easy access to road networks, connecting York with the rest of the UK.

To the south of the city, York Science Park lies adjacent to the world-leading University of York, offering a range of flexible, high specification space set within a 21-acre business park. The fully serviced office and laboratory space, with facilities and business support, is already home to more than 120 businesses, primarily in the creative, digital media, IT technology and bioscience sectors.

On the outskirts of the city, The National Agri-Food Innovation Campus at Sand Hutton offers
27,800 sq m of office and laboratory accommodation and a rare opportunity for organisations to grow within a unique scientific environment. Businesses on site benefit from world-class equipment, a top range of support services and opportunities to interact with world-class scientists and businesses.

Development opportunities

A wide range of further opportunities are available at development sites across the city, including the Enterprise Zone at York Central, Castle Gateway covering 2.5 hectares of the city centre, and the Guildhall complex – a key building in the city which will provide a world-class business hub and serviced office venue.

York Central
York Central is a significant development opportunity, providing a site area of c.45ha, which will be developed as a new and exciting quarter of the city. Located in the heart of York, immediately adjacent to the railway station, the site offers significant potential for future economic growth and housing delivery, including a high quality central business district representing a significant opportunity for businesses looking to establish new headquarters or a regional presence in a dynamic and highly sustainable location. Benefiting from designated enterprise zone status, the site offers new commercial occupiers incentives of up to 100% business rate relief for 5 years, up to a maximum of £275,000.

The National Railway Museum also has plans to implement its £48m masterplan proposals to improve the setting of this world-class museum as part of the wider scheme. Partners, including City of York Council, Network Rail, the National Railway Museum and the Homes & Communities Agency, are working to promote the development and regeneration potential through collaborative working and provision of infrastructure.

The proposals seek to create c.80,000sqm (gross) of high-quality commercial led development with ancillary leisure and retail uses, 6,500 new jobs and up to 2,500 new homes. Permeability through the site, linkages to neighbouring communities and capitalising on rail connectivity will be fundamental to the success of the scheme, which will be a highly sustainable development.

The scheme received outline planning consent in March 2019.

Castle Gateway
Castle Gateway provides an exceptional opportunity for high quality, mixed use development in a prime city centre location. The diverse regeneration site is strategically positioned on the confluence of the River Ouse and River Foss, spreading in to the heart of York’s heritage, commercial and retail offer. Covering 2.15 hectares of the city centre, and including four council owned potential development sites, it encompasses:

  • the internationally renowned historic monument of Clifford’s Tower
  • major tourist attractions, including the Castle Museum Jorvik Viking Centre and Fairfax House
  • the recent expansion of major retailers such as Topshop, Primark and Fenwick
  • the vibrancy and cool of Fossgate’s small and independent traders and bars
  • the water-borne regeneration opportunities of the Foss Basin
  • the unrealised potential of Piccadilly, a new route in to the heart of the city

In January 2017 the council’s Executive approved the high level vision for the regeneration of the Castle Gateway. The vision proposes to drastically improve the setting of Clifford’s Tower and the major museums by closing Castle Car Park, to be replaced with new high quality public realm and buildings, and rejuvenate the Coppergate Centre. Connectivity throughout the site would be improved with a pedestrian/cycle bridge and riverside walkways, derelict and vacant buildings on Piccadilly would be replaced with mixed use development opportunities, and future options to transform St George’s Field Car Park and the Foss Basin would be explored.

The council have appointed BDP to act as consultants to translate this vision in to a masterplan for the area. The masterplan is being shaped by the Castle Gateway Advisory Group (a partnership of local stakeholders and key custodians) and the My Castle Gateway project, a bold and innovative approach to public engagement through open conversations and social media which is facilitated by My Future York.  More information on the My Castle Gateway project including how you can get involved in shaping the future of the area can be found on the My Castle Gateway website.

The Guildhall complex lies at the heart of the city, just a short walk from the main railway station.  The proposals for the refurbishment and redevelopment of the historic buildings to provide state-of-the-art business club and serviced office accommodation were granted Planning and Listed Building Consent in February, and the council confirmed financial approval to deliver the project in March.  An associated high-end restaurant development offering a unique riverside dining experience completes the commercial offer.  The council is currently procuring a contractor to deliver the project.

The development has been designed to cater for the city’s growing micro / SME business community.  It’s intended to be particularly attractive to modern businesses seeking a high quality environment, coupled with modern amenity standards on flexible terms.  The development will provide on-site business lounges, meeting rooms, events and break-out spaces, designed to offer a hub location for collaborative business transactions in today’s fast-paced, creative business environment.

The characterful heritage setting, will also provide the very best modern format office services, Gigabit connectivity, and ‘plug and play’ meeting facilities. The wider riverside redevelopment will include enhanced leisure opportunities, encompassing a new riverside courtyard garden space and the potential for a further phase of development extending along the river frontage.