Castle Gateway

Castle Gateway is a bold masterplan by City of York Council to transform one of York’s most significant city centre areas, including world-class public space around Clifford’s Tower and the Eye of York. The area includes Piccadilly, the Coppergate Shopping Centre, St George’s Field and the Foss Basin.

The area has great potential in terms of its location, historic and cultural assets, yet also has areas of significant dereliction and underdevelopment. Regeneration will provide an opportunity to develop retail, leisure and residential facilities, which will complement and build on the vitality of the city centre. This will improve the historic setting of Clifford’s Tower and the quality of public space and accessibility throughout the area.

With partners City of York Council, BDP, Turner & Townsend, My Future York and Castle Gateway Advisory Group, the projects within the masterplan include:

• Castle Mills will deliver 106 apartments at Castle Mill, 20 of which will be affordable homes, ground floor commercial space, a new pedestrian/cycle bridge over the river Foss, the riverside park at the rear of the Castle Museum, and a pedestrian/cycle crossing over the inner-ring road.

• A new multi-storey car park, coach park and landscaped public space are planned to replace the current surface car park at St George’s Field.

• A new world-class public space at Castle Car Park and Eye of York.

• Possible new buildings to the rear of the Coppergate Centre, and a new entrance building to Castle Museum facing onto the public realm.

• English Heritage is due to complete conservation and visitor improvement works at Clifford’s Tower summer 2021.

• Redevelopment of 17-21 Piccadilly to deliver apartments and commercial ground floor use/space for businesses to grow (temporary use Spark:York from May 2018).

• Exploration of potential for apartments and leisure uses at Foss Basin.

• Tower Gardens public realm improvements, including Arts Barge mooring.