The Roman Quarter
The Roman Quarter is an iconic mixed-use development in the heart of York City Centre. The scheme will improve the public realm in this strategic site and marks the final phase in the regeneration of the area.
It will create a new destination for business and leisure with 250 apartments and a world class roman visitor attraction, Eboracum. The accredited museum, whose name derives from the Celtic name for York, will deliver an experiential, interactive and educational archaeology experience; the first of its kind in the UK.
The Roman Quarter, adjacent to the former Roman river crossing, will commence with a two-year archaeological dig prior to construction. York Archaeological Trust’s programme of opportunities will encourage the local community to participate in educational digs and curriculum-based activities. Their work on site is set to generate new scientific research to further inform on Medieval and Roman Life and the origins of this historic city.
Drawing inspiration from classical Roman architecture and colonnades, the new street frontage on Rougier Street positively defines the space and seamlessly connects with the neighbouring buildings, bringing the once dormant passageway to life. Living walls and planting incorporated throughout the scheme, encourage biodiversity, wellbeing, and sustainability within the scheme.
The proposals submitted by Vincent & Brown, created in collaboration with heritage and townscape specialists Montagu Evans and Reform Landscape Architects, provide a unique opportunity to regenerate public realm around the site. The creation of a vibrant new corridor through Tanner Street, formally a Roman road, to connect with the newly pedestrianised Tanners Moat, will result in a new, attractive, usable space.
As local architects, we are extremely privileged to play an intrinsic part in such an exciting and pivotal opportunity for the City, that will boost York’s economic recovery, post Covid-19. The project is predicted to bring major investment of more than £20 million per annum to York’s economy and boost tourism by 500,000 visitors each year. This true mixed-use development will deliver educational benefits through a world class heritage attraction and create an estimated 500 new jobs for the local community.
Vincent & Brown worked in collaboration with York City Council’s conservation team over a 2-year period, submitting proposals for planning consent in December 2019. The scheme continues to gain traction among key stakeholders with excitement building in the local community for what promises to be an iconic development in the heart of the city.
A local authority planning decision is expected early 2021.
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