The site is located on a key arterial route into York and is well located for the City Centre and the two Universities.
Being close to amenities and businesses makes this site very sustainable and ideally located for student accommodation.
In the 1930’s several large buildings and the Rialto Cinema were constructed North of Blue Bridge Lane. Subsequently, in the late 20th Century, the former glassworks on the northern part of the site, was cleared and redeveloped to include new homes and the Novotel Hotel.
Further redevelopment has occurred to the North of Blue Bridge Lane in the early 21st century including a three storey residential development and the currently standing Mecca Bingo Hall, situated on the proposed development site, which was completed in 2003.
Sustainability is at the heart of the plans for the redevelopment of this site, with the aim to create an exemplar in sustainability.
Principles and features being explored and included are:
A planning application has now been submitted following a consultation process conducted with local residents and stakeholders. The planning application can be found on the City of York’s Planning section – 21/01605/FULM | Demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of the site to form 280no. room purpose built student accommodation with associated car parking, landscaping and facilities | Mecca Bingo 68 Fishergate York YO10 4AR
Rialto House is designed to be a largely car free development. There will be 4 car park spaces and 184 bicycle spaces provided. It is very well located for both the City’s Universities, as well as the City Centre.
Not bringing cars will be stipulated in their leases, which is enforceable. Most of the streets around the site are resident parking zone areas too.
There will be a main vehicle access from Blue Bridge Lane, along with pedestrian and cycle access links.
The buildings will be 2 full storeys above ground floor along with accommodation in the roof space.
There is a strong demand for modern, purpose-built student accommodation in the city centre. Rialto House will provide much-needed services and facilities for students in a single, well-managed building. This offers an alternative to students taking up space in the local housing stock and will encourage a new community to enjoy life in this vibrant city.
Student accommodation has become an important part of the country’s property sector in recent years. However, there are concerns in York that buying up residential properties for students is adding to the city’s housing problems.
The bingo hall proved to be not viable in this location and closed in March this year. It follows a trend of over 180 bingo halls closing down across the UK in the last five years alone.
All feedback from this consultation will be analysed and a planning application will be formally submitted to City of York Council. If planning is granted then it is the intention to start work as soon as possible.
The company that ultimately manages this development will have strict policies and protocols to ensure that people moving in and out of the development are very carefully managed. This will include pre-booked short time slots for people delivering and picking up their belongings with a large number of marshals on hand to ensure it runs smoothly.