‘Topping out’ ceremony for Hungate apartments

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DEVELOPERS of one of Yorkshire’s biggest regeneration schemes have marked a major milestone in its construction.

A topping out ceremony was held at the highest point of a newly completed six-storey apartment building at York’s Hungate development on Friday.

It will provide 195 apartments, the second phase in a scheme which, if planning permission is granted, will eventually proved 1,025 homes, along with new public areas, pathways and cycle routes in the last remaining brownfield site within the city walls.

Plans to develop the 4.1 hectare site go back to 2005, but were dogged by delays.

York Council leader Coun Chris Steward said: “We welcome the completion of the new build which reflects the unique character of the city centre. Hungate has revitalised this area of the city, providing much-needed new homes and local jobs for York.”

Joint developers Lendlease said the site was a “welcome extension” to York city centre.