Dominvs and DMA win planning consent for York hotel

UK: Dominvs Group and Dexter Moren Associates (DMA) has won consent to develop a 132-bed hotel at the heart of York’s Central Historic Core conservation area.

The project is estimated to create between 50-70 full and part time jobs during the construction and once the hotel is in operation.

DMA’s concept for the facade will reference the area’s window and shop front designs. Red brick is a predominant material in the area, and will be used to establish a link between the present day and to the historic fabric of the building.

The hotel will essentially be divided into two volumes, with the higher side facing towards Piccadilly and the lower end sitting in line with the scale of Walmgate. 

A new public realm at the front of the hotel will feature new trees and planters with seating, and a restaurant is planned to face out onto the Piccadilly thoroughfare.

Associate at DMA, Rebeca Aguilera, explained: “Given the incredible sensitivity of the site, we worked in close collaboration with officers from York City Council to create a simple yet detailed design whose massing and materials do not overpower its surroundings – particularly St Denys’s Church and Walmgate – yet creates a credible link to its context and the hundreds of years of history that surrounds it.”

“Despite the difficulties faced by the hospitality industry at the moment, the long-term view remains positive and we are seeing the demand for good quality, well-designed and carefully placed hotels remain steady,” she continued. “This scheme further builds on DMA’s strong track record of creating deliverable hotel projects in sensitive and historic locations that can achieve commercial success and can contribute to the commercial revival of city centre areas.”

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