Castle Gateway

The Castle Gateway area sits on the site of the former York Castle at the confluence of the River Ouse and River Foss. Covering the length of Piccadilly, Coppergate Shopping Centre, Clifford’s Tower, the Eye of Yorkshire, Fossgate and Walmgate, and runs through to St George’s Field and the Foss Basin.

This regeneration will identify new future uses, including housing, play areas, events space, multistorey carpark, coach park, better cyclist access and more.

The project has been split into two phases of work, including:

Phase One: Development of the Castle Mills site, into apartments and commercial premises | Street improvements along Tower Street and development of St Georges Field car park.

Phase two: Pedestrianisation of Castlegate | Improvements to Castle Museum and possible creation of an extension to the museum | 17-21 Piccadily – creative workspace and independent retail development | Foss Riverside, with Riverside Walk and bridge | Eye of York scheme.

Key benefits: New play spaces and gardens | Development of cultural offering with Castle Museum and Clifford’s Tower | New event space | Creation of creative office space and retail premises for independent businesses.

Plans submitted: In 2018, City of York Council approved the ambitious Castle Gateway Masterplan. In May 2021 Wates was approved as the Contractor and in Autumn 2021 a planning application was submitted.

Start date: In early 2022, the Council Executive will make a decision on whether to proceed based on the tender cost.

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