Guildhall riverside revamp competition winner announced

York Press: Coun Julie Gunnell with a model of the winning design for the Guildhall facelift Coun Julie Gunnell with a model of the winning design for the Guildhall facelift

A NEW riverside piazza could be created in York city centre, after the winner of an architecture competition was unveiled.

An area of open space with steps leading down to the edge of the Ouse is the focal point of the design by London-based Rob Loader Architects.

It was chosen from five shortlisted entries in a competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects in conjunction with City of York Council, to look at ways of regenerating the area around Guildhall once the council moves to its new HQ next year.

The panel, chaired by RIBA adviser Keith Williams, decided the concept best responded to the city’s aspirations in offering scope for the creation of jobs and the growth of the local economy.

“A key element of the design is the attractive public space and its marriage between the riverside and the Guildhall, combining historic and modern architecture,” said a spokeswoman.

Members of the public who gave their views on the shortlist liked the way the design opened up the riverside but also respected the historic Guildhall.

Coun Julie Gunnell, cabinet Member for corporate services, said architects from as far away as Russia, Malaysia and Vietnam submittd designs, but the winning one was the favourite.

“This has been really useful in exploring potential future designs for the site,” she said. “The next steps will be to develop deliverable options for the use of the Guildhall and explore how we can use the creative outcomes of the competition to inform future plans for this iconic site. This work will proceed in the new year.”

Mr Williams said the jury panel’s choice had been unanimous, and came after a long and carefully deliberated, day-long session which included detailed presentation and discussion with the individual architects of each proposal.

Rob Loader Architects, which wins £5,000, said the winning proposals by James Decent, Joseph Little and Robert Loader would create an “accessible and attractive public riverside.”

Brian Clarke, managing director of Yorkboat, which sponsored the contest, said: “This competition was a great way to get new ideas particularly for this important part of the city.”

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9:48am Tue 11 Dec 12

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

I don't think that making it out of paper in a flood risk area is the way forward.
I don't think that making it out of paper in a flood risk area is the way forward. NoNewsIsGoodNews

9:52am Tue 11 Dec 12

pedalling paul says...

Unlike Germania, this one will hopefully be built......with a decent amount of riverside cycle parking!!
Unlike Germania, this one will hopefully be built......with a decent amount of riverside cycle parking!! pedalling paul

9:55am Tue 11 Dec 12

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

I particularly like the way Lendal Bridge has been turned into a giant diving board.
I particularly like the way Lendal Bridge has been turned into a giant diving board. Ignatius Lumpopo

10:05am Tue 11 Dec 12

M.Lucas says...

Not surprised that 'a riverside piazza' has won and I thought that it was a pretty easy competition to enter.

James Alexander is always talking about there needs to be more open spaces in the City Centre and that the 'use' of the centre needs to change. The winner of the competition features an open space (yes I know JA didnt make the decision).

Wish I'd entered!

In all seriousness it looks like a good use of the space, respecting the Guildhall and I really hope something similar to this is done once they find a contractor (and the money) to start work. Otherwise it is just £5000 spent on a model to go into the archives somewhere...
Not surprised that 'a riverside piazza' has won and I thought that it was a pretty easy competition to enter. James Alexander is always talking about there needs to be more open spaces in the City Centre and that the 'use' of the centre needs to change. The winner of the competition features an open space (yes I know JA didnt make the decision). Wish I'd entered! In all seriousness it looks like a good use of the space, respecting the Guildhall and I really hope something similar to this is done once they find a contractor (and the money) to start work. Otherwise it is just £5000 spent on a model to go into the archives somewhere... M.Lucas

10:14am Tue 11 Dec 12

dsom73 says...

what's the betting we see this before we see the community stadium?
what's the betting we see this before we see the community stadium? dsom73

10:38am Tue 11 Dec 12

cityforthepremier says...

That's great, I love pizza.
That's great, I love pizza. cityforthepremier

10:50am Tue 11 Dec 12

Oaklands Resident says...

Something "fishy" here. It's virtually identical to the artists impression published before the design contest was announced?
Something "fishy" here. It's virtually identical to the artists impression published before the design contest was announced? Oaklands Resident

10:57am Tue 11 Dec 12

hustler says...

Glad the one which looked like a prison didn't win it, at least !
Glad the one which looked like a prison didn't win it, at least ! hustler

11:10am Tue 11 Dec 12

M.Lucas says...

Oaklands Resident wrote:
Something "fishy" here. It's virtually identical to the artists impression published before the design contest was announced?
Nope, I thought that but went and had a look. The buildings are very different.

The open space with the steps down to the river are similar, but then that's not really a surprise. There's only so many ways you could do that.

Obvious the winner was going to feature an 'open space' to anyone who has followed Cllr Alexander's comments on how he thinks the city centre should change.

(Story is here if anyone once to match them up: http://www.yorkpress
.co.uk/news/9921483.
Riverside_makeover_p
lanned_for_York/ )
[quote][p][bold]Oaklands Resident[/bold] wrote: Something "fishy" here. It's virtually identical to the artists impression published before the design contest was announced?[/p][/quote]Nope, I thought that but went and had a look. The buildings are very different. The open space with the steps down to the river are similar, but then that's not really a surprise. There's only so many ways you could do that. Obvious the winner was going to feature an 'open space' to anyone who has followed Cllr Alexander's comments on how he thinks the city centre should change. (Story is here if anyone once to match them up: http://www.yorkpress .co.uk/news/9921483. Riverside_makeover_p lanned_for_York/ ) M.Lucas

11:15am Tue 11 Dec 12

atorycouncil2014 says...

Simple question. Who is going to pay for this?
Simple question. Who is going to pay for this? atorycouncil2014

11:23am Tue 11 Dec 12

M.Lucas says...

atorycouncil2014 wrote:
Simple question. Who is going to pay for this?
I don't know, but if your name is anything to go by I'm going to guess that you and your fellow Tories will be taking the credit when it is finished!

Just as Labour have taken credit for some of the Lib Dem projects they took over!

Same as it ever was...
[quote][p][bold]atorycouncil2014[/bold] wrote: Simple question. Who is going to pay for this?[/p][/quote]I don't know, but if your name is anything to go by I'm going to guess that you and your fellow Tories will be taking the credit when it is finished! Just as Labour have taken credit for some of the Lib Dem projects they took over! Same as it ever was... M.Lucas

11:35am Tue 11 Dec 12

JWhitworth says...

It isn't such a bad scheme - small in scale, respectful of its surroundings. I shall miss the boatyard, though. Such a colourful and interesting presence right in the heart of the city: seeing one of the big tour boats hauled up for maintenance right beside Lendal Bridge and under the windows of the restaurant is one of the thrills of everyday York, there's something almost surreal about it. I like the humble, attractive buildings as well: the kind of ordinary workaday structures we won't miss until suddenly they and the history they embody are all gone. However, if it's got to go then there's nothing we can do but watch another piece of the real York disappear, and hope something decent is put in its place, and this suggestion is decent enough.

There's a very well-informed and thoughtful article about the boatyard at the always excellent York Stories website: http://www.yorkstori
es.co.uk/news_and_vi
ews/index.php/2012/1
1/29/guildhall-river
side-plans-bulldozin
g-the-boatyard/
It isn't such a bad scheme - small in scale, respectful of its surroundings. I shall miss the boatyard, though. Such a colourful and interesting presence right in the heart of the city: seeing one of the big tour boats hauled up for maintenance right beside Lendal Bridge and under the windows of the restaurant is one of the thrills of everyday York, there's something almost surreal about it. I like the humble, attractive buildings as well: the kind of ordinary workaday structures we won't miss until suddenly they and the history they embody are all gone. However, if it's got to go then there's nothing we can do but watch another piece of the real York disappear, and hope something decent is put in its place, and this suggestion is decent enough. There's a very well-informed and thoughtful article about the boatyard at the always excellent York Stories website: http://www.yorkstori es.co.uk/news_and_vi ews/index.php/2012/1 1/29/guildhall-river side-plans-bulldozin g-the-boatyard/ JWhitworth

1:50pm Tue 11 Dec 12

meme says...

Great theoretical idea but who is paying for an economic white elephant here.
No doubt the taxpayer?
Great theoretical idea but who is paying for an economic white elephant here. No doubt the taxpayer? meme

6:14pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Gyspsy Power says...

As Julie Gunnell looks like Deborah Meedhan off Dragons Den and this Labour Council dont seem to have a clue when it comes to spending money on vital services, never mind new developments, I would like to say as a taxpayer, I'm OUT
As Julie Gunnell looks like Deborah Meedhan off Dragons Den and this Labour Council dont seem to have a clue when it comes to spending money on vital services, never mind new developments, I would like to say as a taxpayer, I'm OUT Gyspsy Power

6:33pm Tue 11 Dec 12

nearlyman says...

Nice little hub for beggars and out sleepers............
..........
Nice little hub for beggars and out sleepers............ .......... nearlyman

6:34pm Tue 11 Dec 12

nearlyman says...

..rough sleepers..
..rough sleepers.. nearlyman

7:11pm Tue 11 Dec 12

betty swollox says...

Can we please just have one story where pedalling Paul doesnt bring cycling into it and where councillors do not use the story as a platform for chidish bickering, I for one and people I speak to are sick of it!! As for the proposed scheme when wetherspoons buy the guildhall will they fund the rest of the development?
Can we please just have one story where pedalling Paul doesnt bring cycling into it and where councillors do not use the story as a platform for chidish bickering, I for one and people I speak to are sick of it!! As for the proposed scheme when wetherspoons buy the guildhall will they fund the rest of the development? betty swollox

8:30pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Buzz Light-year says...

t the always excellent York Stories website:

Agree with that.
[quote]t the always excellent York Stories website: [/quote] Agree with that. Buzz Light-year

8:33pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Buzz Light-year says...

betty swollox says...

Welcome back Kelly?
[quote]betty swollox says...[/quote] Welcome back Kelly? Buzz Light-year

9:31pm Tue 11 Dec 12

bob the builder says...

NoNewsIsGoodNews wrote:
I don't think that making it out of paper in a flood risk area is the way forward.
It'll float, nice to see a primary school turn out something worthwhile in a craft session though that won't just be stuck to some parent's fridge door. Nice to see an open space for drug users so they don't have to go down the back of Boots.
[quote][p][bold]NoNewsIsGoodNews[/bold] wrote: I don't think that making it out of paper in a flood risk area is the way forward.[/p][/quote]It'll float, nice to see a primary school turn out something worthwhile in a craft session though that won't just be stuck to some parent's fridge door. Nice to see an open space for drug users so they don't have to go down the back of Boots. bob the builder

10:19pm Tue 11 Dec 12

www.yorkstories.co.uk says...

Buzz Light-year wrote:
t the always excellent York Stories website:

Agree with that.
Thanks, JWhitworth and Buzz Light-year, was really nice to see your comments about my website.

Just found an interesting 19th century painting of this part of the river: http://www.bbc.co.uk
/arts/yourpaintings/
paintings/view-on-th
e-river-ouse-looking
-downstream-from-len
dal-bridg8665 Riverbank opposite looked a bit different then ...
[quote][p][bold]Buzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: [quote]t the always excellent York Stories website: [/quote] Agree with that.[/p][/quote]Thanks, JWhitworth and Buzz Light-year, was really nice to see your comments about my website. Just found an interesting 19th century painting of this part of the river: http://www.bbc.co.uk /arts/yourpaintings/ paintings/view-on-th e-river-ouse-looking -downstream-from-len dal-bridg8665 Riverbank opposite looked a bit different then ... www.yorkstories.co.uk

11:02pm Tue 11 Dec 12

pedalling paul says...

betty swollox wrote:
Can we please just have one story where pedalling Paul doesnt bring cycling into it and where councillors do not use the story as a platform for chidish bickering, I for one and people I speak to are sick of it!! As for the proposed scheme when wetherspoons buy the guildhall will they fund the rest of the development?
Check out the Roman Road under the minster story......aaaargh..
.!!
[quote][p][bold]betty swollox[/bold] wrote: Can we please just have one story where pedalling Paul doesnt bring cycling into it and where councillors do not use the story as a platform for chidish bickering, I for one and people I speak to are sick of it!! As for the proposed scheme when wetherspoons buy the guildhall will they fund the rest of the development?[/p][/quote]Check out the Roman Road under the minster story......aaaargh.. .!! pedalling paul

11:07pm Tue 11 Dec 12

the fiss says...

You wont be able to see the river because necessary flood barrier will be too high
You wont be able to see the river because necessary flood barrier will be too high the fiss

3:30am Fri 14 Dec 12

Magicman! says...

No floating pontoons or walkways to keep access when the area is inevitably flooded every year??
No floating pontoons or walkways to keep access when the area is inevitably flooded every year?? Magicman!

1:38pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Native Architects says...

It is clear that the designer has little knowledge of the peculiarities of the site and the multi-faceted character of the city centre.

The two storey extension next to City Screen entirely obscures a potentially wonderful glimpse of All Saints spire (the tallest apart from the Minster).

It is telling that in a poll conducted by the Architects' Journal, this scheme won only 5% of the vote. The completely artificial and sterile 'civic space' demonstrates so much of what is wrong with current 'public' architecture and is totally alien to York.

For an 'ideas competition' this seems a pretty damp squib.

For our York-based practice's alternative scheme, including great concern for pedestrians, the site's history back to the Roman period, cyclists, the environment and access to the river even during floods, see:

http://nativearchite
cture.co.uk/GUILDHAL
LCOMPETITION.aspx
It is clear that the designer has little knowledge of the peculiarities of the site and the multi-faceted character of the city centre. The two storey extension next to City Screen entirely obscures a potentially wonderful glimpse of All Saints spire (the tallest apart from the Minster). It is telling that in a poll conducted by the Architects' Journal, this scheme won only 5% of the vote. The completely artificial and sterile 'civic space' demonstrates so much of what is wrong with current 'public' architecture and is totally alien to York. For an 'ideas competition' this seems a pretty damp squib. For our York-based practice's alternative scheme, including great concern for pedestrians, the site's history back to the Roman period, cyclists, the environment and access to the river even during floods, see: http://nativearchite cture.co.uk/GUILDHAL LCOMPETITION.aspx Native Architects

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