York’s Conservative-led council has appointed the well-respected contractor Interserve to carry out the transformation of the historic Guildhall into an innovative civic and business venue.
Previous projects managed by Interserve have included listed buildings such as Kirkgate Market in Leeds, Durham Castle and the former Co-op store in Newcastle, demonstrating its success in working with sensitive, historic building and repurposing them for the 21st century.
As approved by the council’s Executive in March, the Guildhall’s re-development will make the most of the listed aspect of the complex, with new riverside access, a new restaurant and a state-of-the-art business centre as part of the mix.
The Guildhall will continue to host public and civic events, including continuing to house council meetings in its Victorian council chamber.
Cllr. David Carr, Conservative Leader of the council said:
“We’re delighted to be able to appoint a contractor to move this project forward who has the experience and sensitivity to make sure that this historic building continues to play a central role in York’s future. Our plans represent a creative and exciting way to protect and renew the Guildhall whilst giving even more people access to its stunning interior and features.”