York Conservatives secure the future for the Guildhall

On Thursday 16th March the Conservative-led council executive will be asked to approve the final business case for the development of the Guildhall complex. The business case develops the council’s plan to renew the complex and creating a vibrant venue that will benefit the community whilst renewing the historic fabric of buildings which have been at the centre of York’s civic life for over 700 years.

The designs include a restaurant and a serviced office venue with virtual office and business club facilities. The council will continue to use the Council chamber for full council and other meetings, and the Guildhall for key public events.

The plan is to improve the facilities for the medieval Guildhall, maximising its accessibility and providing new services. Sustainable development principles are integral to the new design, and the scheme includes a river water source heat pump and improved flood resilience.

Conservative Cllr David Carr, Leader of City of York Council with responsibility for Finance and Performance, said, “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.”

The development will sustain the future of the complex, as it addresses the current deterioration and under-use of the complex through a comprehensive refurbishment of the entire complex.

This will showcase the Guildhall’s important heritage, and ensure many more people benefit from its accessible location. It will also enhance the benefits of the spaces within the complex.