The Guildhall is one of the city’s most prestigious and historically significant buildings.

The complex contains a collection of Grade I, II* and II listed buildings built around the 15th century hall and riverside meeting room.

It's been a seat of civic governance in York since the 1200s, and hosts council meetings and mayoral ceremonies (until a temporary move to allow redevelopment).

The site is currently closed for restoration and redevelopment. We're working with our contractors to identify open days to allow public access during the construction.

We've made a video with Vinci, our contractor for the restoration, explaining some of the works.

Redevelopment of York's Guildhall

A full restoration and redevelopment began in September 2019 ensuring The Guildhall’s central role in the civic, social and business life of York.

Incoprorating modern elements aroudn the historic core of Guildhall, the redevelopment will secure the long-term future of the sigh, offering high quality office space. community use, a cafe, a new riverside restaurant and better acces for local residents.

Until now, the Guildhall had only recieved reactive repairs since extensive rebuilding works after the German bombing raids in 1942 caused serious damage to the buildings.

Urgent action is now being taken - there were significant structural problems with riverside tower, including subsiding and cracking. The main roofs will also be replaced to prevent further water damage.

The £16.5m construction will see the building:

  • stabilised through major underpinning
  • protected from water damage
  • given a new lease of life

Key benefits of the development include:

  • creating quality office spaces with the potential to create an estimated 250 jobs in high value sectors
  • offer the public improved access to the nationally significant building through community events and civic meetings
  • maximising the economic impact of the Guildhall by creating an £848k annual income and an additional estimated £117m boost to the city’s economy over the next five years
  • contributing 50 additional jobs and £7m GVA (gross value added) during the construction phase
  • using green technology to heat the building, reducing costs and environmental impact

See the Guildhall Complex site and adjacent context plan for an overview of the buildings being considered as part of this development, as well as a video showing what the building currently looks like.

Both the FULM and LBC planning applications were approved in February 2017, followed by approval from Executive in March 2017 which took us to the delivery phase of the project.

A report taken to Executive in February 2019 approved the delivery of scheme budget.

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