Alternative Visions: York Tomorrow

The Castle Precinct – a proposal by York Tomorrow Background In the Inspectors report following the 2002 Public Inquiry into the proposed commercial development on the Castle site it was made clear that here was a cultural asset of the highest importance. Both the dominant Clifford’s Tower, the buildings surrounding the “Eye” of York, and … Read moreAlternative Visions: York Tomorrow

Alternative Visions: David W. Barratt

Many people in York have been inspired over the years – and in response to the My Castle Gateway project – to develop their own ideas for the Castle Gateway. As the Castle Gateway Masterplan Ideas are open for discussion, in the first of a series of blogs we share Castle Gateway: Alternative Visions. David … Read moreAlternative Visions: David W. Barratt

Collaborative Place Development Projects – Comparisons with My Castle Gateway

At the core of the My Castle Gateway project is a commitment to shaping city development through conversations and ongoing collaborations – with the City of York Council, with the masterplanners and with the local community. It is one of a growing number of projects where public engagement is substantially integrated into plans for urban … Read moreCollaborative Place Development Projects – Comparisons with My Castle Gateway

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

My Castle Gateway: Exploring the Masterplan Ideas Launch Event

25th and 26th November 2017 9.30-5pm. Various locations. Schedule below. Drop in. You walked. You shared what mattered to you. You imagined what you’d do in a future Castle Gateway. You wrote on post it notes and posted on social media. We are now able to share the Masterplan ideas for the future of the … Read moreMy Castle Gateway: Exploring the Masterplan Ideas Launch Event

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

Look at Your City: The power of 10 and the power of the perch

14th October 2017 Five of us undertook to Look at York, spending time in a variety of the city’s public spaces and trying to work out what was going on. To set the scene for our walk we looked at the Project for Public Spaces Power of 10: ‘The idea behind this concept is that … Read moreLook at Your City: The power of 10 and the power of the perch

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 moreMy Castle Gateway Stage Two: Working with issues as tools