Purcell has been appointed to work in collaboration with Alison Brooks Architects Ltd as well as Richard Griffiths Architecture and Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Landscape Design on the multi-million-pound redevelopment of York Castle Museum.

York Museum Trust’s objectives for the York Castle Museum capital project are to:

  • Establish the York Castle Museum as the home of a national collection of everyday life, presenting and interpreting objects to engage diverse audiences
  • Create a sense of place by increasing understanding of the site’s history and archaeology underlining the importance of the Eye of York and Castle and Prison history in the national story
  • Provide a must-see experience, delivering a welcoming and accessible attraction for the city of York with world class visitor facilities
  • Deliver a high quality architectural and landscape intervention in the site that transforms it into a destination in its own right for residents and visitors

The project will include a new building at the north end of the female prison part of the castle and is part of the City of York Council’s plans for the regeneration of the Castle Gateway area. The scheme will explore the possibility of creating a riverside walkway to connect Tower Street with new public realm in the castle car-park area.

Paul Lambert, head of strategy, finance and corporate services at the York Museums Trust, told the AJ:

“We are thrilled that we now have our RIBA stage one design team in place, and we look forward to working with them on the next steps in realising our ambitious plans for the museum. We are continuing to work closely with City of York Council and English Heritage so that our plans enhance and complement the wider vision for the Castle Gateway area.”

The appointment is an exciting prospect for the Purcell team, offering a fantastic opportunity for creative collaboration and the chance to be involved in the creation of an inspiring new Museum Quarter for York.