Guildhall contest entries ‘exciting’, says heritage chief

One of the shortlisted entries to the competition to redesign the Guildhall riverside area of York

One of the shortlisted entries to the competition to redesign the Guildhall riverside area of York

One of the shortlisted entries to the competition to redesign the Guildhall riverside area of York

One of the shortlisted entries to the competition to redesign the Guildhall riverside area of York

One of the shortlisted entries to the competition to redesign the Guildhall riverside area of York

Published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A CONSERVATION chief has welcomed the “exciting and innovative” designs which architects have drawn up for a redevelopment of the riverside alongside York’s Guildhall.

Peter Brown, director of York Civic Trust, said the organisation was not automatically against modern buildings being situated next to historic properties He said: “It’s important to keep an open mind.

“What matters is whether they would be ‘good neighbours.’ They must be respectful of the character of the environment in which they are being placed.”

His comments came after The Press yesterday published images showing the five shortlisted entries from 36 designs submitted to a competition to explore potential future uses for the area, following City of York Council’s departure to a new HQ next year.

One of the designs features a modernistic building on stilts with a steeply pitched roof.

The designs will go on display in the Marriott Room at the York Explore library learning centre between Sunday and Tuesday during normal opening hours, and Mr Brown urged people to go along and give their views.

“It will be very interesting to see what the public think.”

He said: “There were some very innovative and exciting schemes amongst the 36 entries.”

Philip Thake, chief executive of York Conservation Trust, said: “My initial response is that none of them shout at me ‘It’s fantastic’, other than the one that looks a bit like a piazza.

“What York misses is a waterfront promenade between Lendal and Ouse bridges. If you go to any other city, that is what you would get.” Press readers commenting online yesterday were generally negative.

One person commented: “You have got to be joking. This is November not April 1.”

Another said: “It has to be sympathetic to the history of the site and not a ‘vision’ which will look outmoded in ten years.”

The winner, which will be chosen by a judging panel on December 4, will guide how the area is eventually developed, although the authority will still have to go through a procurement process for the eventual design and build.

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10:06am Wed 21 Nov 12

atorycouncil2014 says...

Seriously what a load of nonsense. There is absolutely no money to deliver any of this. Why exactly we're awarded £5000 of public money for a glorified art competition I have no idea.

They may as well have drawn a moon ladder as there's as much chance of that being built
Seriously what a load of nonsense. There is absolutely no money to deliver any of this. Why exactly we're awarded £5000 of public money for a glorified art competition I have no idea. They may as well have drawn a moon ladder as there's as much chance of that being built atorycouncil2014
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10:18am Wed 21 Nov 12

Oaklands Resident says...

The Council should look across the river Ouse at the Aviva building for inspiration.

Instead they have been following the river Nidd at Kanareborough and looking at Mother Shiptons cave.

Form will have to follow function and the Council don't have a clue how to maximise the use of this listed building and its surrounds.
The Council should look across the river Ouse at the Aviva building for inspiration. Instead they have been following the river Nidd at Kanareborough and looking at Mother Shiptons cave. Form will have to follow function and the Council don't have a clue how to maximise the use of this listed building and its surrounds. Oaklands Resident
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1:29pm Wed 21 Nov 12

colette says...

I'm not sure why (in response to an article about York) Oaklands Resident is attacking Knaresborough. I took some visitors from overseas along the riverside walk there about a month ago, and they thought Knaresborough was lovely - they also like York, but for different reasons, after all, they are very different places. I just hope the powers that be in York take notice of the comments and feedback from York residents.
I'm not sure why (in response to an article about York) Oaklands Resident is attacking Knaresborough. I took some visitors from overseas along the riverside walk there about a month ago, and they thought Knaresborough was lovely - they also like York, but for different reasons, after all, they are very different places. I just hope the powers that be in York take notice of the comments and feedback from York residents. colette
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2:15pm Wed 21 Nov 12

lowbeam says...

“What York misses is a waterfront promenade between Lendal and Ouse bridges."
Am I missing something here?The riverside walk from wellington row/north street,is that not by the river?
Am still checking my calender to make sure of the date!
“What York misses is a waterfront promenade between Lendal and Ouse bridges." Am I missing something here?The riverside walk from wellington row/north street,is that not by the river? Am still checking my calender to make sure of the date! lowbeam
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3:05pm Wed 21 Nov 12

meme says...

It would be intersting to know what is the proposed use and how this would be paid for?
Or could it be a community facility and be paid for by someone else getting a PP which would have been refused under any other circumstances!
It would be intersting to know what is the proposed use and how this would be paid for? Or could it be a community facility and be paid for by someone else getting a PP which would have been refused under any other circumstances! meme
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3:25pm Wed 21 Nov 12

MouseHouse says...

I have yet to see a valid reason for doing anything. Sometimes doing nothing is the best thing to do.
I have yet to see a valid reason for doing anything. Sometimes doing nothing is the best thing to do. MouseHouse
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9:34pm Wed 21 Nov 12

pedalling paul says...

meme wrote:
It would be intersting to know what is the proposed use and how this would be paid for?
Or could it be a community facility and be paid for by someone else getting a PP which would have been refused under any other circumstances!
Now I know what PP really stands for......
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: It would be intersting to know what is the proposed use and how this would be paid for? Or could it be a community facility and be paid for by someone else getting a PP which would have been refused under any other circumstances![/p][/quote]Now I know what PP really stands for...... pedalling paul
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11:58pm Wed 21 Nov 12

yorkborn66 says...

Philip Thake, chief executive of York Conservation Trust, said: “What York misses is a waterfront promenade between Lendal and Ouse bridges. If you go to any other city, that is what you would get.”How well do you know York ? Agree with lowbeam.
We are just going through the motions as York residents will not be listened to but humored as usual.
Philip Thake, chief executive of York Conservation Trust, said: “What York misses is a waterfront promenade between Lendal and Ouse bridges. If you go to any other city, that is what you would get.”How well do you know York ? Agree with lowbeam. We are just going through the motions as York residents will not be listened to but humored as usual. yorkborn66
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3:56am Thu 22 Nov 12

Magicman! says...

lowbeam wrote:
“What York misses is a waterfront promenade between Lendal and Ouse bridges."
Am I missing something here?The riverside walk from wellington row/north street,is that not by the river?
Am still checking my calender to make sure of the date!
That may be there but it is not wheelchair friendly and often has the evidence of being used by drunks and hobo's. The steps down the back of the park inn are brutalistic and not pleasant on a dull day nevermind at night.

The east riverside, the bit being talked about in the main article, could do with a wooden walkway to join with the balcony outside the City Screen. With floating poontoons they'd never get flooded, and then the join from the river-level floating walkway and the city screen balcony could be achieved with a 'scissor-effect' criss-cross ramp, so that as the river level rises and the pontoons go up, the gradient on the ramps get less and less... and if ever the river level ever equalled the hgith of the city screen balcony then the ramp would just be dead level.
[quote][p][bold]lowbeam[/bold] wrote: “What York misses is a waterfront promenade between Lendal and Ouse bridges." Am I missing something here?The riverside walk from wellington row/north street,is that not by the river? Am still checking my calender to make sure of the date![/p][/quote]That may be there but it is not wheelchair friendly and often has the evidence of being used by drunks and hobo's. The steps down the back of the park inn are brutalistic and not pleasant on a dull day nevermind at night. The east riverside, the bit being talked about in the main article, could do with a wooden walkway to join with the balcony outside the City Screen. With floating poontoons they'd never get flooded, and then the join from the river-level floating walkway and the city screen balcony could be achieved with a 'scissor-effect' criss-cross ramp, so that as the river level rises and the pontoons go up, the gradient on the ramps get less and less... and if ever the river level ever equalled the hgith of the city screen balcony then the ramp would just be dead level. Magicman!
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8:48am Thu 22 Nov 12

anistasia says...

What an eyesore old buildings like the guild hall should be shown in their full splendor.if I remember right the new insurance building was made of a simular stone to match in with the guildhall and the bar walls.so how can these planned works take away these historic sites.and then again what about flooding.
What an eyesore old buildings like the guild hall should be shown in their full splendor.if I remember right the new insurance building was made of a simular stone to match in with the guildhall and the bar walls.so how can these planned works take away these historic sites.and then again what about flooding. anistasia
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