Five amazing developments in the pipeline for York

It’s an exciting time for York right now - with lots of opportunity, exciting developments and brilliant future plans. We’ve outlined 5 different developments happening right now, taking you through the various proposals, benefits for businesses, residents and tourists, stages to leap through and potential end dates. 

City Centres are evolving quickly and the Pandemic has only accelerated this evolution. It’s important that city centres stay vibrant, giving residents and tourists both experiential and retail reasons to visit, but we are also aware that we need to build sustainability for the future – with parks, public transport and minimal need for residents to travel in order to access everything they need.

“York has big investment plans. Once delivered, these developments will not only help attract both the best talent and businesses but also create accommodation and public green spaces - making our city better for businesses, residents and tourists. 

Private Investors and Developers are currently working side by side with York BID and City of York Council to create a well-considered and bright future for York.”

Andrew Lowson, York BID Executive Director.


York Central

York Central is a 45-acre ‘brownfield site’, located next to the train station and ear marked for transformation from underused land into a vibrant and distinctive business district, with residential neighbourhoods, cultural spaces and high-quality commercial office space. It’s said to be Europe’s largest city-centre regeneration (costing around £155m) and we’re lucky that it’s happening on our doorstep!


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.


York Station Front

Since 1877, York Railway Station has helped to transform the city, connecting York to the wider world. In the current climate, public transport has never been more important and as we move towards vehicle rationalisation and a greener city, developments like the ‘York Station Front’ will enable a smoother transition to public transport.


Coney Street – ‘Riverside Quarter’

York based Private Developers ‘Helmsley Group’ have submitted redevelopment plans for Coney Street, including a new riverside walkway and bridge to enhance the retail and office opportunities. The new riverside walkway would run from City Screen to Ouse Bridge and the buildings alongside the walkway will be redeveloped into hotels, offices, cafes and bars.



The Roman Quarter

The Roman Quarter development is anchored by a substantial and ‘world-class’ visitor attraction, alongside offices, retail, residential and leisure - creating activity in this quieter part of York and spreading footfall more evenly throughout the city.


This article has been written as part of York BID’s collaboration with City of York Council and the Developers running each project. For further enquiries please contact:


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