Final decision due over transformation of historic York building

A final decision is to made next week over the transformation of one of York's most treasured historic buildings.

Yorks historic Guildhall. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Plans are to go before the city’s executive over proposals to create a “vibrant” business and civic venue at York’s Guildhall, rebuilt after damage in the Second World War.

The plans, say local leaders, will ensure the viability of one of the city’s most significant buildings, while creating a unique venue bringing significant economic benefits.

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“The Guildhall complex is one of York’s most treasured historic buildings and we want to ensure that while retaining the history and civic use of the building, we create a unique venue for business which will bring significant economic benefit to the city,” said Coun David Carr, York Council leader.

Planning permission for the complex, which would include a serviced office venue and restaurant, were passed in February.

The scheme would enable the authority to retain the use of the chamber for full council meetings and the Guildhall for key civic and public events.

Coun Keith Aspden, deputy leader, said: “This is an exciting project that will utilise the historic buildings for maximum benefit to the city and retain the heritage of the complex. The plans include some much needed updating of the facilities and will improve access to the buildings.”

If approval to deliver the scheme is confirmed and financing approved, it is anticipated that construction work would start by the end of the year with completion in early 2019.

The plans are to go to York Council executive next Thursday, March 16, for final approval.