Hiscox offices backed by City of York Council planning committee

York Press: An artist’s impression of the proposed Hiscox development in Hungate, York, which was given planning permission by councillors last night An artist’s impression of the proposed Hiscox development in Hungate, York, which was given planning permission by councillors last night

PLANS by insurance firm Hiscox to build its new £19 million offices in York were unanimously approved last night.

Councillors on City of York Council’s planning committee gave the official green light for the development in Hungate which will become the global company’s new flagship office.

Hiscox is expecting to create 500 jobs in the city.

After hearing York Civic Trust give its support to application at the meeting, which it described as a “work of art”, councillors were also fulsome in their praise for the design of the building, describing it as “beautiful” and “imaginative” and one that “York will be proud of”.

Alongside approving the full application for the office development, councillors passed a request for outline planning permission for a neighbouring development, next to the Black Swan pub, which will either include offices with groundfloor retail or leisure use, or a five-storey hotel with between 80 and 100 bedrooms.

Work on the scheme, which is due to start next year, will see the transformation of the site which previously housed the Haymarket car park, York’s ambulance station and the Peasholme Centre homeless hostel.

Construction is expected to be finished in 2015.

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10:33am Fri 20 Dec 13

ouseswimmer says...

No doubt completely sympathetic to the black swan? I do wonder why we have a planning department in York. 5 year olds could do a better job.
No doubt completely sympathetic to the black swan? I do wonder why we have a planning department in York. 5 year olds could do a better job. ouseswimmer

11:27am Fri 20 Dec 13

Pedro says...

Good luck to them. Bringing well paid work to the city.
Good luck to them. Bringing well paid work to the city. Pedro

12:17pm Fri 20 Dec 13

greenmonkey says...

Wonder if ouseswimmer has even bothered to look at the plans? This design is a massive improvement on the shoebox the council wanted to build there a few years ago, when they knocked down the Peasholme Centre.
Wonder if ouseswimmer has even bothered to look at the plans? This design is a massive improvement on the shoebox the council wanted to build there a few years ago, when they knocked down the Peasholme Centre. greenmonkey

2:19pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Good. Nice to have a bit of confident and attractive contemporary architecture added to the mix. (Unlike the boxes at Terry's....).
Good. Nice to have a bit of confident and attractive contemporary architecture added to the mix. (Unlike the boxes at Terry's....). Ignatius Lumpopo

2:21pm Fri 20 Dec 13

ouseswimmer says...

greenmonkey wrote:
Wonder if ouseswimmer has even bothered to look at the plans? This design is a massive improvement on the shoebox the council wanted to build there a few years ago, when they knocked down the Peasholme Centre.
Let's be honest what the council tried to impose was monstrous. Anything is better than that but building something bad because it's better than previously proposed can never be acceptable. Too many here fail to aspire to something inspirational. Perhaps people prefer the poulson stonebow? far too often planners fail to plan and accept mediocre because companies will try to build cheaply. People want to see great architecture it's one reason they come to York and because of this jobs are created. With this plan the black swan is being let down along with the people of York who deserve better and should demand better of their highly paid planners.
[quote][p][bold]greenmonkey[/bold] wrote: Wonder if ouseswimmer has even bothered to look at the plans? This design is a massive improvement on the shoebox the council wanted to build there a few years ago, when they knocked down the Peasholme Centre.[/p][/quote]Let's be honest what the council tried to impose was monstrous. Anything is better than that but building something bad because it's better than previously proposed can never be acceptable. Too many here fail to aspire to something inspirational. Perhaps people prefer the poulson stonebow? far too often planners fail to plan and accept mediocre because companies will try to build cheaply. People want to see great architecture it's one reason they come to York and because of this jobs are created. With this plan the black swan is being let down along with the people of York who deserve better and should demand better of their highly paid planners. ouseswimmer

4:00pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Yorkies4girls says...

all very quiet in the press about the other submissions to the council - the student flats in Lawrence Street and the development of the chocolate works! whats going on then?
all very quiet in the press about the other submissions to the council - the student flats in Lawrence Street and the development of the chocolate works! whats going on then? Yorkies4girls

4:17pm Fri 20 Dec 13

ouseswimmer says...

The student accommodation is much needed and should help reduce rents in the city. As for Terry's it's so not looking good. Dreadful design against the original impressive buildings. Shame because once again mediocre and cheap has win.
The student accommodation is much needed and should help reduce rents in the city. As for Terry's it's so not looking good. Dreadful design against the original impressive buildings. Shame because once again mediocre and cheap has win. ouseswimmer

7:20pm Fri 20 Dec 13

donotbecomeusa says...

Oh Dear! here we go again...are these planners on drugs? or on payback?
Oh Dear! here we go again...are these planners on drugs? or on payback? donotbecomeusa

2:09pm Sat 21 Dec 13

CaroleBaines says...

Good news - quality insurer and hopefully quality jobs to the city.
Good news - quality insurer and hopefully quality jobs to the city. CaroleBaines

9:37am Mon 23 Dec 13

meme says...

Great news
More jobs and prosperity for Yorkies
Great news More jobs and prosperity for Yorkies meme

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