York Central is an ambitious project to transform underused land into vibrant and distinctive residential neighbourhoods, cultural spaces, and a high-quality commercial quarter at the heart of one of the UK’s most historic and desirable cities.
It is one of the largest city centre, brownfield regeneration sites in England. The plans provide a huge opportunity, with the 45-hectare site designated as a UK Government ‘Housing Zone’ and awarded ‘Enterprise Zone’ status, which offers commercial occupiers significant incentives.
When complete, it will help power York’s economy into the future, helping to provide the homes the city needs and grow its economy by 20%.
The site is adjacent to the city’s existing retail and business core, and offers the opportunity to create a series of new city centre residential and business neighbourhoods with improved access to the city’s railway station. The world-class National Railway Museum is a key anchor for the site, hoping to attract 1.2 million visitors per annum as part of its own £50 million masterplan.
The development is being brought forward by a collaborative partnership between Homes England, Network Rail, the City of York Council and the National Railway Museum.
Homes England has recently received a £77.1m funding boost from the Government and this will enable vital infrastructure to connect the site, including a bridge over the East Coast mainline railway. The infrastructure will unlock brownfield land and will allow the development of up to 2,500 homes; up to 1.2 million sq ft of commercial development including 80% Grade A offices and an enhancement of the setting and access to the National Railway Museum.