What is a masterplan? A Q&A with Castle Gateway’s lead Masterplanner

As we share the masterplan ideas as part of Step 3 of the My Castle Gateway process, we asked Francis Glare the Principal Masterplanner from BDP to answer a few questions. Not least…What is a masterplan? Francis Glare, Principal Masterplanner   What is a masterplan? A masterplan can mean many things to different people and … Read more

Saturday Night!: Exploring York’s Streets, Rivers and Public Spaces

9:00pm Saturday 14th October 2017 Six of us gathered for the night walk, slightly concerned that it was a race weekend and the town might be full of unavoidable drunkenness. In the event the over-riding feeling was of emptiness – public spaces were generally quiet and under-used. It didn’t feel particularly dangerous and where people … Read more

Challenges: Ownership and Values

In the fourth and final of our Challenges events we looked at ownership and values. In the My Castle Gateway draft brief the following was expressed: People want to be able to: Shop at independent shops or visit independent cafes or restaurants Develop small and independent businesses Not have to spend money – a place … Read more

Challenges: Movement

In the third of our challenge events we looked at movement. In the My Castle Gateway draft brief the following was expressed: People would like to be able to: Come together at a new public space that connects Clifford’s Tower, the Eye of York and Tower Gardens: for events, protests and commemorations Understand and explore … Read more

My Castle Gateway Stage Two: Working with issues as tools

By Phil Bixby Having done a large number of different public events – guided walkabouts in day and night, meetings, photography walks and events with local partners – we frequently get asked “how is this going to affect what actually happens?” Firstly, the Open draft brief we produced – which drew out the themes from … Read more

A Longer Term View: Economics, Prosperity and the York Castle Gateway Project

As part of the My Castle Gateway process we have invited people to contribute in any way they’d like, from adding a post it on a walk or social media post through to recording a You Tube video. This also extends – for those that like writing – to contributing a blog to our website. … Read more