Burrell Foley Fischer has secured Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for the refurbishment and remodelling of the Grade I listed York Guildhall. The vision for the project is to provide a world-class venue that supports and nurtures the expansion of York’s vibrant creative businesses, combining events and exhibition space with state of the art collaboration and co-working facilities in the heart of a historic and creative city. By retaining the use of the Council Chamber and enhancing public access, the importance of direct links between the city’s governance, commerce, and culture are not just acknowledged, but remain intrinsically bound together.
There is a core requirement for modern flexible office space and the associated provision of multipurpose space to suit a variety of potential uses as co-working/conferencing/meeting and events/exhibition space. The Guildhall itself requires comprehensive refurbishment to improve its usability, specifically new heating and electrical services. The complex will also accommodate elements of commercial space configured to suit the requirements of restaurant/café bar users. Additionally, there is the intention to create a new riverside courtyard/garden to improve public access throughout the complex, creating more attractive circulation routes and links to the adjacent City Screen development.
The project will secure the future of the Guildhall complex, through the delivery of an economically viable and sustainable scheme. It will deliver a comprehensive (once in 100-year) refurbishment, adopting best practice conservation principles whilst incorporating modern services and amenities.