York Central


York , United Kingdom | 2016-

Since 2016 Gustafson Porter + Bowman has been the lead landscape architect for the masterplan and redevelopment of York Central: a 72ha area of land adjacent to York railway station and the National Railway Museum in a UNESCO Creative City. It is one of the largest brownfield sites in northern England and when complete will provide up to 2500 homes and up to 120,000m2 of office, leisure and retail.

Working with Allies and Morrison, ARUP, and WilkinsonEyre, our proposals will create a new part of the city, drawing on the railway heritage of the site and complementing the medieval walled city. York Central will respond to the city’s needs for housing and workspaces while developing an appropriate local townscape that will also feel authentic and integrated with the characteristics of the wider city.

Our landscape proposals build on the site’s historic character and geographic position in the city. The emerging masterplan proposes a central park connecting Millennium Green back to a new urban square at the threshold to the city centre.

This sweeping green space reflects the typical landscape character of strays (open land) and green corridors which connect the wider countryside to the heart of the city – in this case linking York Central to the River Ouse corridor and evoking the distinctive pattern of rail lines which shape the site.