The new vision for this site

Original plans for the project were recommended for approval by Officers but were refused by City of York’s Planning Committee in February 2021 and the development has been fully redesigned, taking on board feedback from the Council and other stakeholders.

Award winning local architects Vincent & Brown have remodelled the plans and the vision is now made-up of two distinct buildings, that showcase the Roman attraction and breathe new life into Rougier Street. The new scheme aims to create an attractive design shaped by a clear narrative through the proposals.

The new scheme introduces a central atrium which creates a focal point to the building visible from Rougier Street and The Roman Road. The design of this space defines the entrance to EBORACUM and creates a great sense of arrival and destination. The physical break in the building improves daylight to the surrounding environment. The building’s facade has been designed to create a horizontal emphasis, generating an appearance that ‘moves’ along the street focusing the eye on the lower floors.

Key improvements

An improved design – responding to concerns about the previous scheme, the new design is reduced in density, promoting visual porosity through the site to create an inviting building which defines Rougier Street as a city destination.


Maintaining York’s skyline – this new design is lower than The Grand, Yorkshire House & Aviva, and ensures Roman Quarter has no detrimental impact on the unique city skyline or any views of the Minster.


Improving this area of the city and addressing heritage concerns – the new proposals will improve the appearance of this area of the city which has been historically dominated by large and blocky buildings. Roman Quarter is both an appropriate design and modern, contributing to the city centre.



Retaining the key benefits of Roman Quarter

  • Significantly amended design, taking into account feedback on the previous planning application
  • Over £315m for York’s economy
  • Over 625 new jobs
  • Major investment and regeneration – high-quality place making and public realm around the site
  • A new world class attraction - EBORACUM
  • A once-in-a-generation opportunity – only delivered through unique circumstances
  • A major archaeological excavation – an exceptional opportunity for archaeological research, hugely increasing our understanding of the past and telling York’s 2,000-year story in an accessible and engaging way
  • Huge educational and health & wellbeing benefits
  • An opportunity for the people of York to get involved, support the city’s place-making agenda and build a more sustainable community
  • A diverse and enhanced cultural offering for York
  • A vote of confidence in York city centre in uncertain times

next steps

Fully redesigned plans have now been submitted to City of York Council.


Here is the process of the delivery of this exciting and ambitious project. You can provide your feedback through this website or can comment directly to the Council through the planning portal.

Our development process is:

Contact us

If you would like any more information on the plans, please contact Ben Pilgrim at Royal Pilgrim Communications who is managing the consultation for this project –