Transformation of former Terry’s factory revealed

THE developer of the landmark Terry’s chocolate factory in York has released images of the building’s transformation while revealing that 20 apartments have already been snapped up.

Specialist heritage developers, the PJ Livesey Group say the response to the conversion of the Grade II listed building has been “phenomenal” with 20 registered buyers already reserving properties ahead of the public sales launch this weekend.

Director Georgina Livesey said: “We had such huge interest as soon as the conversion work began that we urged buyers in a position to proceed to register with us.

“We kept them updated and those in a position to proceed were invited to come and see the finished product ahead of the launch. We are delighted with the response and the number of apartments reserved.”

The building has been re-named The Residence and four apartments, ranging from a lofty one bed to a garden fronted duplex on the ground floor, have been fitted out to show visitors the specification available.

The apartments are accessed through a double height entrance lobby with concierge desk and lift access to all floors.

Ms Livesey said: “We are passionate about giving lovely old buildings new life and Terry’s is one of the most handsome and dramatic we have done. We are very excited to open the doors so people can come and see for themselves.”

Prices range from £194,950 for a one-bedroom apartment to £349,940 for a two-bedroom ground floor garden apartment on two levels. Penthouses start at £649,950. Carter Jonas is the selling agent for the development.

Peter Livesey, who founded the company 35 years ago and has overseen the transformation of more than 40 listed heritage buildings across the UK, added: “We have put our heart and soul into this building and believe our passion for what we do will shine through.  Terry’s left a legacy for the town and we are re-defining that legacy.”

The conversion is a joint venture with Henry Boot Developments which acquired the entire Chocolate Works site. The scheme has had support from York City Council.

The multi storey factory building forms the centre of the Terry’s Chocolate works on Bishopthorpe Road.

It was opened in 1926 by Terry family and at its peak employed 700 people.

The business and site was acquired by Kraft Foods in 1993, then in April 2004 it was announced that production on the site would cease in 2005.