Green and the City: Shaping the brief for Castle Gateway

13th February 2019 On 13th February we kicked off Let’s Make Piccadilly with an exploration of cities and green. We did this as a combination of a drop in with walks to Parliament Street to look at the trees and to Ousegate pocket park to look at small green spaces in town. We were delighted … Read moreGreen and the City: Shaping the brief for Castle Gateway

Let’s Make Piccadilly: Notes on the event format

In the Let’s Make Piccadilly events we’re experimenting with a new-ish format. We say new-ish as we’ve tried it once before as part of My York Central. The format is a 3-8pm drop in at Spark but, in the case of the Let’s Make Piccadilly events, a drop in with specific advertised times for walks. … Read moreLet’s Make Piccadilly: Notes on the event format

Let’s make Piccadilly: Festival of Castle Gateway February events

We’re kicking off My Castle Gateway 2 with a focus on Piccadilly. In the Castle Gateway masterplan the vision for Piccadilly was as follows: THE NEW CITY CENTRE NEIGHBOURHOOD 2.4.1 Piccadilly will be the heart of a thriving city centre neighbourhood, with city centre living appealing to those attracted by proximity to the historic city … Read moreLet’s make Piccadilly: Festival of Castle Gateway February events

My Castle Gateway 2: Connecting systemic issues and specific design decisions

Throughout the My Castle Gateway and My York Central project it has been clear that any specific decision always has much wider contexts. Often when we are looking at a specific issue in either area what we are often talking about are highly complex, large scale and systemic issues. A systemic issue is one made … Read moreMy Castle Gateway 2: Connecting systemic issues and specific design decisions

Castle Gateway: What’s been happening and what’s happening next?

Andy Kerr, Project Manager for the Castle Gateway Project, City of York Council My Castle Gateway’s purpose is to open up the process of regenerating an area so that it works for York – to put York residents and businesses at the centre of something usually developed by experts behind closed doors. This masterplan development … Read moreCastle Gateway: What’s been happening and what’s happening next?

York Castle Museum Briefing Notes: Navigating layers of history

The York Castle Museum Briefing Notes are drawn from the existing My Castle Gateway open brief for the whole Castle Gateway area along with input drawing on four workshops held in collaboration with York Museums Trust in October 2018. Each workshop was focused on the intersection between movement and meaning, and three of the workshops … Read moreYork Castle Museum Briefing Notes: Navigating layers of history

York Castle Museum Briefing Notes Introduction: Movement and Meaning

As part of the wider Castle Gateway project York Castle Museum is also embarking on a major development which aims to interpret the histories of the site, enhance the existing buildings, offer porosity and visual and physical links between the river, the museum and the wider castle site, display better the museum’s collections and reach … Read moreYork Castle Museum Briefing Notes Introduction: Movement and Meaning

Clifford’s Tower: Briefing notes for development

Download the draft Clifford’s Tower: An open brief for development With the visitor building set within the mound now not set to proceed, English Heritage are keen to re-examine future possibilities for at Clifford’s Tower in collaboration with the wider community in York, as part of the wider Castle Gateway project. On 23rd October a … Read moreClifford’s Tower: Briefing notes for development

Public Spaces that work for Young People: ‘finding somewhere you can stay without having to pay’

On 27th October, the My Castle Gateway team took a walk with six members of York’s Youth Council to explore how young people use the city’s public space. How do young people use the public spaces York already has? And what new possibilities might the Castle Gateway area offer? Museum Gardens We started in Museum … Read morePublic Spaces that work for Young People: ‘finding somewhere you can stay without having to pay’