Stonebow House: Save the tower and level the podium

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JOHN WILLIAMSON says Stonebow House should be demolished and open space created. Paul Calpin calls for it to be funded by the unspent monies extracted from developers.

I would add that the traditional paving ripped out of King’s Square should be reused in any landscaping works.

The problem with Stonebow House is not so much the office block which is located towards a post-war street and successfully echoes a mediaeval stone tower. The problem is the brutal ungainly podium on which it stands with an inappropriate car park on a huge flat roof.

It is this element which is destructive to St Saviourgate and damages the views of the Central Methodist Church.

City of York Council has agreed to purchase a controlling freehold and a sensible goal would be to pursue the conversion of the empty tower to flats with fantastic views over the city, while removing most of the podium to create amenity space.

This should be a reasonable compromise between those who regard the building as an important example of 1960s architecture and those who wish to see the whole lot flattened.

It would be a demonstration of sustainable reuse of an exiting structure and a welcome use of a redundant building to provide much needed housing.

Matthew Laverack, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York.
 

• THERE seems to be some confusion (Letters, January 13) as to whether Stonebow House is listed or not. Well, it should be listed – listed for demolition.

Geoff Robb, Hunters Close, Dunnington, York.

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12:22pm Thu 16 Jan 14

The Great Buda says...

"the traditional paving ripped out of King’s Square "

I stopped reading at that point.
"the traditional paving ripped out of King’s Square " I stopped reading at that point. The Great Buda
  • Score: 18

3:06pm Thu 16 Jan 14

bravo whisky says...

The whole edifice which is Stonebow House, a unrivalled monstrosity needs dynamiting, nothing less.
The whole edifice which is Stonebow House, a unrivalled monstrosity needs dynamiting, nothing less. bravo whisky
  • Score: 14

4:46pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Fabius the Delayer says...

Raze it all to the ground
The Architectural integrity of York would be razed by 200%
Looking at these buildings these days just makes you think of the squalid corruption of the 1960's planners and architects.
Nobody ever liked these buildings they where cheap to build and as profitable for the developers and the councillor's alike.
The view of St Saviourgate and the Minster which was lost when Stonebow House was built would be an asset returned to everybody
Raze it all to the ground The Architectural integrity of York would be razed by 200% Looking at these buildings these days just makes you think of the squalid corruption of the 1960's planners and architects. Nobody ever liked these buildings they where cheap to build and as profitable for the developers and the councillor's alike. The view of St Saviourgate and the Minster which was lost when Stonebow House was built would be an asset returned to everybody Fabius the Delayer
  • Score: 4

8:48pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Pinza-C55 says...

"The problem with Stonebow House is not so much the office block which is located towards a post-war street and successfully echoes a mediaeval stone tower."
Really? Which one?
"The problem with Stonebow House is not so much the office block which is located towards a post-war street and successfully echoes a mediaeval stone tower." Really? Which one? Pinza-C55
  • Score: 3

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