New images of former Rowntree Factory

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The latest images of the former Rowntree Factory site’s redevelopment, on Haxby Road in York, have been released revealing an exclusive first-look at the stunning homes being created and the wide-ranging amenities on offer for future residents.

The factory was built by Joseph Rowntree in the early 1890s and is renowned for being the former home of Rowntree’s Almond and Cream buildings. The site is now being revitalised and restored into a new community of homes, beautiful landscaped gardens and communal spaces by Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing.

Latimer plans to create 279 high quality studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses at the new development, named ‘The Cocoa Works’, of which 84 will be available to buy via shared ownership.

The listed Joseph Rowntree Memorial Library at the front of the site will be carefully refurbished and restored as a concierge base and residents’ lounge. A convenience store, community café, ample parking and bike storage will also be provided for homeowners, in addition to flexible co-working space.

New images released show the home layout and interiors options available to buyers as well as the magnificent views on offer overlooking York’s famous Minster, and a stunning landscaped communal area for residents and guests to enjoy at the front of the building.

Richard Cook, group director of development at Latimer said: “We’ve already had a huge amount of interest from buyers and investors for this iconic development, including some early reservations. York consistently outperforms the UK average in terms of property values and rental yields, with predicted yields of 4.2% on offer at The Cocoa Works.

“The appeal of the city and location, coupled with the quality of the homes we are providing and the rich heritage of the building, offers a unique opportunity to own a part of this special place.”

In the 1920s over 6,000 people worked in the building, known as York’s famous ‘Garden Factory’, where open space and education facilities supported the wellbeing of factory workers and their families.

Joseph Rowntree was committed to enhancing the social conditions of his workers ensuring they had access to good food, healthcare and learning opportunities. He also built affordable housing for workers and their families.

Cook continues: “This is an iconic development for us and we want to celebrate the Rowntree legacy by breathing fresh life into a heritage building that was the soul of York for more than 130 years, ensuring it thrives once again.”