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VINCI Construction UK to start work on the £20M renovation at York’s Guildhall site

VINCI Construction UK to start work on the £20M renovation at York’s Guildhall site

One of the city’s most historically significant buildings will begin its first major restoration and redevelopment in over 60 years with the council’s Executive agreeing back in February, that the Guildhall would undergo vital restoration and redevelopment.

The Guildhall is a collection of Grade I, II* and II listed buildings – built around the 15thcentury hall and riverside meeting room. The Guildhall thus far, has only received reactive maintenance and repairs since extensive rebuilding work was carried out following the Baedeker bombing raids in 1942.

More recently, surveys have revealed significant structural problems with the tower on the north side of the site, which is currently subsiding and cracking. Furthermore, the main roofs are also in need of replacement to prevent further water ingress.

The construction would see the building: stabilised through major underpinning, protected from water damage and given a new lease of life. With modern elements surrounding the historic core, the redevelopment would secure the long-term future of the Guildhall site, offering high quality office space, community use, cafe, a new riverside restaurant and better access for local residents.

Chris Winspear, Director at VINCI Construction UK, said:
“We are very much looking forward to starting construction works and delivering a building that we can all be extremely proud of. It’s an exciting opportunity which will greatly benefit the community and residents of York”.

Key benefits of the development include:

  • Bringing the Guildhall’s historic business role into the 21st century– creating quality office spaces with the potential to create an estimated 250 jobs in high value sectors.

  • Give the public improved access to the nationally significant heritage – through community use, events and civic meetings.

  • Maximising the economic impact of the Guildhall – creating £848k per annum income and an additional estimated £117m boost to the city’s economy over the next five years. In addition, the construction phase would contribute 50 additional jobs and £7m GVA in total

  • Using 21st century green technology to heat the building, reducing costs and the environmental impact of the development.

The project has received £2.347 million from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government investment to accelerate growth an create jobs across the region.
It is anticipated that the scheme will generate approximately £848k annual income, which can then be reinvested in the city.

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said:
“This is the first significant investment in Guildhall for 60 years. The extensive restoration will protect the buildings for another 50-60 years.
“It isn’t enough to just restore and secure the building – respecting its heritage means reviving Guildhall’s central role in the civic, social and business life of our city.”

Councillor Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Finance and Performance, said:
“The work will address the key issues facing the building’s structure and also improve the site to maximise income for the council and the wider city.
“This will be done by opening up this nationally significant building to more of York residents than ever before. It is an exciting step forward for the city, creating 250 additional jobs with a Gross Value Added of £117m over the course of 5 years.”

Date: 23 September 2019

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