Sectors : Re-Use / Homes / Leisure

Client : Oakgate (Central York Ltd)

Stonebow House lies at a key gateway into the city of York and was originally built in 1965. The overriding objective of the design approach was to work sympathetically with the existing building to emphasise the original solid and dependable structural aesthetic and restrained materials palette. The tower has been transformed for residential use and lower levels refurbished to incorporate a gym and cafes.

The refurbishment includes 17 apartments with 4 penthouses each with a terrace offering a unique overview of the city of York’s skyline and unparalleled views of York Minster. An existing raised car parking level above the podium was retained and rearranged with additional soft landscaping to provide private parking for the residential units within the tower.

The refurbished and rehabilitated Stonebow House retains and celebrates the building’s uncompromising, assertive and distinctive aesthetic, whilst substantially improving the surrounding public realm. Once occupied, the podium’s new gym and large scale eatery will revive activity and vibrancy, creating a new destination in this part of the city.

DLA were also commissioned to develop a brand, accompanying website and promotional materials for Stonebow House.