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Toft Green

A full planning application was submitted in February 2020 for a new office development in the heart of York City Centre. The proposed scheme for 3-5 Toft Green will provide over 16,000 sq.ft. of much needed high-quality office space in the city and ensure the preservation of its historic setting.

Located within the York Central Historic Core Conservation Area , the site at 3-5 Toft Green was originally the gardens to Micklegate House - a Grade I listed townhouse and regarded as the most important example of a Georgian residence South-West of the River Ouse. But after years of fragmented use, both as a leisure and entertainment venue, the fabric of the building was in disrepair and the appearance deemed detrimental to the area, specifically to Micklegate House.

Vincent & Brown worked in close collaboration with our clients North Star and Toft Green Developments Ltd to submit plans to transform the dilapidated building into a striking new office block with roof terrace and landscaping. Situated within close proximity to York Train Station and opposite the prestigious Hudson Quarter, the development will satiate pent-up demand from occupiers in York looking for high-quality office space, in addition to attracting new business to the city centre.

The front elevation of 3-5 Toft Green has been designed to reflect the historic character on the southern side of the street. The façade has a uniform brick design with well-proportioned windows. A rustic appearance to the brick piers, soldier courses between floors and a central entrance with five openings at ground level, all serve to add vibrancy to the streetscape whilst reflecting the heritage of the site. By contrast, to the rear elevation the Vincent & Brown team applied a modern approach to the design which incorporates a private roof-top terrace, in homage to the site’s former use as a garden.

Vincent & Brown provided full architectural services in the role of lead consultant.




Toft Green Developments Ltd / North Star IM


Commercial, Heritage