The Chocolate Works Mixed Use Development – York

Henry Boot Developments

York, North Yorkshire

The Chocolate Works won the Game Changer award at the Yorkshire Property Awards 2016.

Bowman Riley Architects provided masterplanning and the role of principal designer on The Chocolate Works, a 14 acre development site adjacent to York racecourse.

The site was formerly Terry’s Chocolate Factory, which ceased operating in 2005 with the buildings remaining vacant until the site was purchased by Henry Boot Developments in 2013.

Bowman Riley supported Henry Boot Developments in the creation of a new sustainable and vibrant mixed use neighbourhood as an integral part of York.

The development includes the sensitive and active reuse and renovation of 250,000 ft² of Grade II 1920s Art Deco buildings: the Clock Tower and Boiler House, Fruit and Nut store, office headquarters building, Time Office and main factory building.  The Grade II-listed factory building will be converted into 173 high quality apartments. Many of these luxury new homes overlook York Racecourse and the river Ouse. Springfield Healthcare Group is transforming the 4,000ft2 former headquarters building into a care village.  The plans include 82 care bedrooms and eight luxury care apartments for residents.

Bowman Riley has undertaken feasibility studies for further developments on the site including a hotel, offices, convenience store and medical centre.  In 2016, a public realm network was established including streets, squares, courtyards and green spaces to connect the site to adjacent urban districts.

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