Hotel Piccadilly
Rebecca Wayman

Construction work begins in York city centre for 'prestigious' £25m hotel

Construction work has begun on the £25m Hampton by Hilton York Piccadilly hotel in York’s city centre.

Avantis Hotels, which already owns and operates the Hampton by Hilton York in nearby Toft Green is developing the Piccadilly site, which - most recently - housed offices, a car park and a motorcycle accessory shop.

Piccadilly is situated in the Castle Gateway district of the city, and, together with neighbouring streets, has been identified by York City Council as an area for major regeneration and redevelopment.

Due for completion in the first quarter of 2021, the hotel will generate more than 50 full and part-time jobs. In addition to its 143 guest bedrooms, the hotel will also include eight private residences with views of Clifford’s Tower, going on sale in late 2020.

Ravi Majithia, Avantis Hotels’ development director, said: “The Hampton by Hilton York Piccadilly is an incredibly exciting prospect and is a significant investment for us.

“We are confident it will help breathe new life into a part of York that lacks activity yet has envious views overlooking the River Foss, facing one of York’s most popular attractions.”

He added: “This has already begun Newby’s transformation of Ryedale House, an otherwise utilitarian building being converted into a fantastic residential scheme that paves the way and standards for other developers along Piccadilly.

“Our design team, many of whom are local professionals, have worked closely with the city planners to ensure the hotel’s design is not only sympathetic to its surroundings, but one that brings real benefits to the environment.

“Incorporating Historic England’s request to preserve key views from Clifford’s Tower to St Deny’s Church was challenging but shows our team’s commitment to maintaining York’s historic fabric.”

Ravi went on to say that Avantis has a long-term interest in York’s local economy and is “privileged” to be part of plans to revitalise this area of the city.

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