Bird’s eye view of York Minster piazza

Bird’s eye view of York Minster piazza

Work under way on the piazza at York Minster

A view of the work from the Minster heights

How the piazza will appear when it is finished

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , mark.stead@thepress.co.uk

PICTURES taken from the heights of York Minster have shown how work on creating a new gateway to the historic landmark is moving on.

The area outside the South Transept of the cathedral may currently be a building site, but its transformation into an eye-catching piazza will soon be complete.

A new route for pedestrians and cyclists is being created in natural stone setts.

The South Piazza restoration work forms part of the five-year York Minster Revealed project, designed to further boost the Minster’s status as a visitor attraction while also protecting its stonework and stained glass treasures for generations to come.

The aerial pictures were taken from the east end of the Minster by Press photographer Anthony Chappel-Ross, with Aviva’s Wellington Row headquarters and the big wheel at the Royal York Hotel in the background.

York Minster Revealed is the largest restoration and conservation programme of its kind in the UK and is scheduled for completion in 2016, having been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

City of York Council has provided £500,000 towards the South Piazza works.

The scheme, which began at the end of last month, means there will be restricted access for pedestrians and bikes around the South Transept until the beginning of April.

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9:37am Wed 20 Feb 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Can I see a Piazza Hut or, being York, is it a PiazzaKabin?
Can I see a Piazza Hut or, being York, is it a PiazzaKabin? Garrowby Turnoff
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10:59am Wed 20 Feb 13

pedalling paul says...

I wheeeld my bike past the worksite yesterday. Unfortunately a walking tour guide had chosen to halt his party on the narrowed path, restricting both pedestrian and bike pushing movements....
I shall look forward to the reopened route, and hope that there will be sufficient advice to pedestrian users of the cycle route's presence. The new path just inside Walmgate Bar has some paving blocks with cycle symbols embossed into them. Could be a useful precedent.
I wheeeld my bike past the worksite yesterday. Unfortunately a walking tour guide had chosen to halt his party on the narrowed path, restricting both pedestrian and bike pushing movements.... I shall look forward to the reopened route, and hope that there will be sufficient advice to pedestrian users of the cycle route's presence. The new path just inside Walmgate Bar has some paving blocks with cycle symbols embossed into them. Could be a useful precedent. pedalling paul
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11:23am Wed 20 Feb 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

pedalling paul wrote:
I wheeeld my bike past the worksite yesterday. Unfortunately a walking tour guide had chosen to halt his party on the narrowed path, restricting both pedestrian and bike pushing movements....
I shall look forward to the reopened route, and hope that there will be sufficient advice to pedestrian users of the cycle route's presence. The new path just inside Walmgate Bar has some paving blocks with cycle symbols embossed into them. Could be a useful precedent.
Bring it up on 'Question Time' when you're on. It should create a laugh...
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: I wheeeld my bike past the worksite yesterday. Unfortunately a walking tour guide had chosen to halt his party on the narrowed path, restricting both pedestrian and bike pushing movements.... I shall look forward to the reopened route, and hope that there will be sufficient advice to pedestrian users of the cycle route's presence. The new path just inside Walmgate Bar has some paving blocks with cycle symbols embossed into them. Could be a useful precedent.[/p][/quote]Bring it up on 'Question Time' when you're on. It should create a laugh... Garrowby Turnoff
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12:20pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

I didn't know Bird's Eye did Piazzas.
I didn't know Bird's Eye did Piazzas. Ignatius Lumpopo
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12:38pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

They're called "My Little Pony's"!

There's an investigation into why there are no bird's eyes in a "Bird's Eye Piazza".

Gawd knows what they used to put in Fanny Craddock's.
They're called "My Little Pony's"! There's an investigation into why there are no bird's eyes in a "Bird's Eye Piazza". Gawd knows what they used to put in Fanny Craddock's. Garrowby Turnoff
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1:10pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Oncebitten says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
They're called "My Little Pony's"!

There's an investigation into why there are no bird's eyes in a "Bird's Eye Piazza".

Gawd knows what they used to put in Fanny Craddock's.
Thanks.....that's made me smile!
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: They're called "My Little Pony's"! There's an investigation into why there are no bird's eyes in a "Bird's Eye Piazza". Gawd knows what they used to put in Fanny Craddock's.[/p][/quote]Thanks.....that's made me smile! Oncebitten
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6:29pm Wed 20 Feb 13

york_chap says...

They could've got at least 20 parking spaces in there.
They could've got at least 20 parking spaces in there. york_chap
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11:02pm Wed 20 Feb 13

pedalling paul says...

york_chap wrote:
They could've got at least 20 parking spaces in there.
.or about 100 bike rack spaces.
[quote][p][bold]york_chap[/bold] wrote: They could've got at least 20 parking spaces in there.[/p][/quote].or about 100 bike rack spaces. pedalling paul
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2:57am Thu 21 Feb 13

Magicman! says...

I still fail to see why they've done a complete closure of the road. If a bit of proper planning had been done, they could have put in all the blockwork on the Minster side of the new cycleway and got it to a suitable standard to open it up, then allow bikes to use it as a corridor between the fenced off works and the fenced off entrance to the Minster, and then the cycle way could be built and then opened and cycles transferred on to that.... instead those responsible have just gone "oh they're cyclists they'll just have to put up with it and walk"... it is the equivalent to cyclists as closing off Gillygate to cars and buses. I have missed about 10 trains in 3 weeks because of this delay to my journey.

Quite frankly I don't give a rats ar$e how it looks when it's finished, just so long as pedestrians aren't wandering all over the (what will be reduced width) cycle route all looking up at an old building and getting in my way by walking dangerously at the same time.
I still fail to see why they've done a complete closure of the road. If a bit of proper planning had been done, they could have put in all the blockwork on the Minster side of the new cycleway and got it to a suitable standard to open it up, then allow bikes to use it as a corridor between the fenced off works and the fenced off entrance to the Minster, and then the cycle way could be built and then opened and cycles transferred on to that.... instead those responsible have just gone "oh they're cyclists they'll just have to put up with it and walk"... it is the equivalent to cyclists as closing off Gillygate to cars and buses. I have missed about 10 trains in 3 weeks because of this delay to my journey. Quite frankly I don't give a rats ar$e how it looks when it's finished, just so long as pedestrians aren't wandering all over the (what will be reduced width) cycle route all looking up at an old building and getting in my way by walking dangerously at the same time. Magicman!
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2:52pm Thu 21 Feb 13

sheps lad says...

Magicman, you should have learned to set off a bit earlier after missing one train. To still be doing it after three weeks displays a lack of forethought.
Magicman, you should have learned to set off a bit earlier after missing one train. To still be doing it after three weeks displays a lack of forethought. sheps lad
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4:23pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Protography says...

What the view was before - http://www.flickr.co
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What the view was before - http://www.flickr.co m/photos/paulonweb/7 685046570/in/photost ream Protography
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4:25pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Protography says...

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I've no idea what software this site uses but it doesn't do a great jobs with link! - Try this - http://flic.kr/p/cH6 SAW Protography
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