York Wilde aparthotel to feature 'modern medieval' design

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UK: Plans for a Wile by Staycity aparthotel in York have been completely redesigned in response to local feedback.

Developer North Star originally put forward proposals in February for a modern aparthotel and restaurant near York's Micklegate, but have gone back to the drawing board after taking on board feedback from residents, the council and other interested parties.

The scheme had now been redesigned - with input from a leading heritage architect - so it was in sympathy with neighbouring medieval buildings.

A North Star spokesman said: "We have taken on board all the feedback from the previous designs and have gone back to the drawing board with the proposals. The new plans respect the historic setting and add new life to this magnificent street."

York-based DC Architecture has been working in collaboration with heritage practice Marcus Beale Architects on the redesign.

"Together, they have produced a 'modern' medieval concept, influenced by the precedent of medieval timber framed buildings which once lined the street and still exist further down Micklegate by the Priory Church," the spokesman said. "The gabled roof reflects the form of nearby buildings and the vertical fins make the most of the gently curved façade. Materials include untreated timber and lime render which softens the form of the building and contrasts with the brick of other buildings on Micklegate."

Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity will occupy the majority of the new building, while a large commercial unit would create more street level activity on Micklegate - talks with a high profile occupier are "advanced" according to North Star.


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