Visitor accommodation proposed for city centre building

A planning application has been lodged to repurpose the upper floors of a prominent building in York city centre into self-contained visitor accommodation.

The plans for 4-6 Parliament Street are being put forward by York property companies Grantside and North Star, who acquired the building earlier this year.

The rejuvenation of the building also includes improvements and a reconfiguration of the ground and basement levels of the building, which is currently occupied by The Vintage Store. Previously it was home to New Look.

York-based Architects Vincent & Brown have drawn up plans to remodel the 15,530 sq ft building, which will now include separate entrances for the retail and accommodation and will feature conversion of the upper floors into 21 self-contained holiday let apartments, as well as a new core for circulation and external amenity space.

Steve Davis, CEO of Grantside, said: “These plans will give a new sustainable long-term future to this fantastic building, as well as creating high-quality visitor accommodation in the heart of the city centre.

“For many years the upper floors have been underused and this planning application seeks to maximise the benefits to York.”

Thomas Hudson, from Vincent & Brown, added: “We have tried to be creative with this space, as well as sympathetic with the new additions in terms of materials and palette.

“These plans create a much more vibrant building and ensure it can offer more benefits to the city centre that it does currently.”