Landmark York Apartment Open To Residents After Three Years

Burflex House, Clay Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU8 8HA E.

Burflex House, Clay Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU8 8HA E.

Landmark York Apartment Open To Residents After Three Years

Landmark York Apartment Open To Residents After Three Years

After four years of planning and development, a major office and apartment complex in the heart of York’s historic city walls has officially completed.

Based across from York railway station, Hudson Quarter has opened the first few of its 127 apartments and offices on the site of a former British Rail office building.

As the building was being constructed with the help of architects, construction workers and scaffolders in York, roughly 40 apartments were sold, and nine further properties are currently under offer, with prices ranging from £240,000 to £1.2m.

As well as this, local legal firm Knights bought part of the 39,000 square feet of office space at a record price for rentals in York.

The price for letters and residents provides not only luxury accommodation and Grade A office space, but also landscaped grounds, a courtyard and tremendous views of the city of York.

The luxury apartments, named Waverly, Victoria and Kings in tribute to the railway roots of the site feature quartz stone surfaces, high tech shower controls with instant hot water, wine coolers, filtered water taps and pop-up extractors.

Hudson Quarter was initially the site of York’s railway station, opened in 1841 during a period of rapid expansion of the British railway network, and its design emphasised that the station was set to be a terminus between the North and South.

However, it would only last 36 years at this site before the constant need for trains heading between London and Newcastle to reverse required a new station to be constructed at its current site outside of the city walls.

Part of the old station remained for a very long time and was used as carriage storage space for the next 88 years as the buildings themselves and former railway hotel was converted into offices, eventually forming a huge complex known as Hudson House by the 1960s.

The building housed many businesses besides British Rail over the years until the complex was bought by Palace Capital in 2014, with questions being raised about whether they planned to retain the original building.

They opted instead to demolish the old, brutalist complex in favour of building something new on the grounds instead.

After applying for planning permission to demolish the old building in 2017 they received approval and would work to create what they described as a modern landmark for the city.

The project design was led by design company Fuse, who modelled the interior and exterior of the apartments and offices.

Part of the old railway station remains in the form of the West Offices, the headquarters for the City of York council. The West Offices retained and restored much of the character of the original building and cost £32m to convert.

Part of the cost and time was spent ensuring that the Grade II* listed building retained as much of its character as possible, with an objection by the Victorian Society necessitating some changes.

The West Offices were intended to unify a lot of the more disparate parts of York Council, although it remains to be seen how the building will be used after work from home guidance is lifted.