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Client - York Investors LLP

The conversion, extension and revitalisation of one of York's most important heritage assets to become the new headquarters for City of York Council.

York’s original station building (Grade II* listed), now known as West Offices, has been transformed to create 160,000ft² of modern office accommodation with exceptional environmental performance and demonstrates how historic buildings can be transformed into delightful, functional and efficient places to work.

The design skilfully maximises the potential of the site whilst retaining and incorporating the best features of the original building to create new civic accommodation in the heart of the City.

The central courtyard, or former railway concourse, has been covered with a dramatic vauted roof. New 'free-standing' floors occupy the space below to create flexible open-plan accommodation in response to the project brief and retained elements of the original station complex enclose the perimeter of this new space, conveniently providing stylish cellular accommodation for meeting rooms and other ancillary functions. These retained structures are expressed internally lending considerable colour, texture and character to the internal environment.

A remnant of the original railway canopy was relocated to bring it into the public domain and visually connect the site with its heritage. This significant step unlocked the redevelopment potential of the site by facilitating the introduction of open-plan accommodation, which in turn, resolved the apparently insurmountable circulation challenges presented by the original buildings.

English Heritage have commented that: “With remarkable vision, the developer has created what is in effect a new open-plan structure within the envelope of the existing Grade II * listed building without compromising its integrity” and that the project “...could become an exemplar for the re-use of a major historic building.”

Modeled with BIM

 

     

RICS Pro Yorkshire Award 2013 for West Offices

 

LABC Awards 2013

At the RICS Pro-Yorkshire 2013 awards, West Offices won three awards in the Design & Innovation, Commercial and Building Conservation categories as well as the prestigious Project of the Year award.   On 19 June, West Offices won 2 Awards at the Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards 2013, in the Best Sustainable Project and for the Supreme Award.

 

 

   
RICS Pro Yorkshire Award 2013 for West Offices

  Green Apple Award 2013
The York Design Award category for Mixed New Build and Conservation was given to West Offices and the relocated Canopy. The Lord Mayor's Award which included the Hampton by Hilton Hotel was also won at the July ceremony.   The Green Apple Award 2013 for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage was presented for West Offices during the carbon-neutral presentation ceremony at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre on 24th June.

 

 

   
YORKSHIRE PROPERTY INDUSTRY AWARDS 2013    
At the Yorkshire Property Industry Awards 2013 West Offices won the Restoration and Refurbishment Award. Richard Abbott, editor of Yorkshire Business Insider, said the time for "cautious optimism" was over. "We need to tell people how incredibly excited we are to be living and working in such a dynamic and evolving place," he said. "We have some fabulous schemes that are positively blooming. Look at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, the state-of-the-art York council offices" "and there's more to come."