York landmark to be regenerated into new development

One of York’s most recognisable buildings is to be regenerated into a residential mixed-use development that will retain its famous frontage.

Steamrock Capital and Wetherby-based Oakgate Group have worked together on plans to redevelop the Banana Warehouse on Piccadilly.

The plans will see the historic and iconic façade of Banana Warehouse retained and a new three to five-storey building constructed behind the feature.

The new building would include 49 apartments, retail units on the ground floor and parking. All other existing buildings on the site would be demolished.

Steamrock Capital acquired the building, along with a number of other sites including Ryedale House, in 2014. Leeds-based architecture firm DLA Design Group have worked up the plans.

Dan Neary, director of Steamrock Capital, said: “Our plans for the redevelopment of the Banana Warehouse represent a significant step forward in the regeneration of this area.

“The Banana Warehouse is one of York’s most recognisable buildings, which is why our design team has taken care and sympathetically incorporated the historic façade into the design.”

Richard France, managing director of the Oakgate Group, added: “The Castle Gateway area is one of the last places in city centre in need of regeneration, and these plans will be a catalyst to significantly improving the area and finally delivering this key site.”


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