Banana Warehouse set for major regeneration

A landmark building in York city centre is set for a major facelift.

The Banana Warehouse could soon be transformed as part of plans to deliver a residential-led mixed use development.

Steamrock Capital and Oakgate Group have worked together on the plans to redevelop the site on Piccadilly, which will see the existing buildings on the site demolished, however the historic and iconic façade of Banana Warehouse will be retained and a new three to five storey building constructed behind.

The proposals include 49 apartments, new retail units on the ground floor and parking.

The redevelopment of buildings on Piccadilly will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the recently renamed the Castle Gateway area.

Dan Neary, director of Steamrock Capital, said: “Our plans for the redevelopment of the Banana Warehouse represent a significant step forward in the regeneration of this area. The Banana Warehouse is one of York’s most recognisable buildings, which is why our design team has taken care and sympathetically incorporated the historic façade into the design.”

Richard France, managing director of the Oakgate Group, added: “The Castle Gateway area is one of the last places in city centre in need of regeneration, and these plans will be a catalyst to significantly improving the area and finally delivering this key site.”

As part of the development of the plans, extensive discussions have taken place with City of York Council and other key stakeholders.

In order to get the views of local businesses and residents a public consultation session will be held on Tuesday 4th July at the Hilton hotel on Tower Street from 3pm until 7pm.

Leeds-based architect firm DLA Design Group have worked up the plans.