First phase of work has begun on 600 home development

The Lord Mayor of York has conducted a ceremonial ground breaking ceremony on the former Heworth Gasworks site in York, to herald the start of works to transform the site into over 600 new homes and a new neighbourhood park.

The site is being developed by North Star, alongside Heworth Green Developments, with Tolent as the main contractor for the first stage of demolition, remediation and infrastructure work to bring this large vacant brownfield site back into use.

Councillor Janet Looker, the current Lord Mayor of the city put a symbolic spade in the ground as work is now underway on this nine-acre site that was granted planning permission earlier this year.

A spokesman for North Star said: “This heralds a major landmark in this exciting project and we are grateful for the Lord Mayor to help us celebrate this momentous occasion.

“As a proud York company we understand the fantastic location and history of the site and, as with all our development projects, we like to get started and deliver as soon as possible.”

Rick Halton, regional director for Tolent, added: “Since starting on site, work is progressing really well.

“All existing services have been identified and isolated, the existing buildings have been demolished, initial excavation and spoil removal is well under way and the site team is ready to commence demolition of the exiting gas holder.

“We are continuing to follow the latest industry and government guidance on safe COVID-19 working practices in construction, with our number one priority being to always ensure the health and safety of our site teams and all of those who interact with our site.”

The project will feature over 600 homes, set alongside a new neighbourhood park, with around two thirds being Build to Rent and the remainder being available to buy.

The first phase of work which is expected to be completed in April 2021, will include the dismantling and removal of the large gasholder from the site, realigning the current live gas supply pipes on Eboracum Way and putting them underground, plus other initial infrastructure, demolition and replacement works necessary to prepare the site for the building work on the new homes.