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Flats plan for Roman House in Rougier Street
9:38am Saturday 19th October 2013 in Business news
YORK is in line to get a new city centre residential development as plans are revealed to transform a disused office block into apartments.
York-based property and investment company The Skelwith Group announced last month it had acquired Roman House, in Rougier Street.
The 35,000 sq ft property had previously been occupied by Aviva, but has been lying vacant since the insurance giant moved out in September 2010.
The Skelwith Group has now revealed it plans to convert Roman House into 45 apartments, with additional car parking on the ground floor.
The firm is looking to take advantage of new national planning policy, which states existing offices can be converted into a residential use through permitted development rights, when it submits its planning application to City of York Council.
Paul Ellis, managing director of The Skelwith Group, said: “This is a significant building for York and our intention is to revitalise it and improve the external façade which will carry on the transformation of the area.
“Our architects and development team are working on the external appearance of the building and we will be submitting these to the council in the coming weeks.
“As a proud York company, this is a very exciting project for us and one which we think we can be proud of when it is completed.”
The Skelwith Group says it hopes to have construction workers on site in the first quarter of 2014 for the conversion.
York-based Grosvenor Financial Consultants is funding the project, as it has another Skelwith development, Raithwaite Hall Country Retreat, near Whitby.
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