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York Central development to bring 2,500 new homes

A major new development in the ancient cathedral city of York is gathering pace with a rail link and 6,500 new jobs projected.

Sheila Manchester

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The York Central development has come closer to fruition with the announcement that the road, access bridge and rail link essential to the development have moved a step closer, as the City of York Council has selected John Sisk & Son as construction partner to deliver infrastructure to open up the site.

The approved plans for the York Central site include proposals to build up to 2,500 homes, and a commercial quarter creating up to 6,500 jobs adding a £1.16 billion boost to the economy.

John Sisk & Son will work with the council and partners to finalise the design of the first phase of essential infrastructure for the access bridge, the spine road and the NRM rail link.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of the council, said, “The delivery of York Central development is a once in a lifetime opportunity to build much needed affordable homes and new public spaces, attract better paid jobs, and create sustainable transport links for the city.

“We look forward to working with the York Central Partnership to secure further improvements to the scheme and with Sisk to begin this essential first phase of work in preparing the York Central site for development.”

Ian Gray, Homes England on behalf of York Central Partnership, said, “This is a really exciting and important milestone towards the delivery of our ambitious plans at York Central.

“A lot of hard work has been put in by York Central Partnership to get this far and this contract demonstrates our commitment to delivering the ambition and vision for the site.”

Paul Brown, Managing Director, UK Civils at John Sisk & Son, added, “We are delighted to have been selected by the City of York Council to work with the stakeholders on this exciting project and to progress the design of some of the key enabling infrastructure.

“This is a project of huge ambition which will transform underused land in the centre of York into vibrant and distinctive residential neighbourhoods, cultural spaces and a high-quality commercial quarter. We are really excited to be able to bring our broad range of experience and commitment to a collaborative approach to the project.”

The council’s £77.1m bid for the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund is at an advanced stage, with a decision expected in the autumn.

September 17, 2019

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