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The Chocolate Works

York | David Wilson Homes | Under Construction

The Chocolate Works (formerly owned by Terry's) is a strategic site on the edge of York, bounded by the Racecourse Conservation Area, which had been bought and sold several times since the closure of the factory, without a viable scheme being developed. The project responds to local surroundings, complementing and referencing the adjacent Grade II listed chocolate factory, acting as a catalyst for its redevelopment.

The orthogonal master plan, with a formal urban square at the centre of the development, maximises the total number of 320 houses and apartments, while allowing planting and mature trees at the site’s edges to be retained minimising the impact of new buildings on neighbouring streets. Views of the Terry’s clock tower are used to determine the position of routes and buildings, in particular the wide, tree-lined main avenue, establishing a dramatic focal point and way-finding landmark for the development.

The homes are well proportioned, with high ceilings and large windows, providing ample natural light, and sufficient storage; they also all have a private garden and terrace. Much of the living space has been elevated to the first-floor ensuring streets are well surveyed.

I hold Terry’s very dear to my heart and it’s fantastic to see the area reviving once again. The property is spacious but manageable and has a lovely open-plan space, which is perfect when I’m entertaining my four grandchildren.
— Kath Blackett, former Terry’s factory worker and resident

British Construction Industry Awards 2018 highly commended ‘Housing Project of the Year’
York Design Awards 2017 ‘Large Residential’ winner
York Design Awards 2017 Lord Mayor's Award for ‘Best Overall Scheme’
Housebuilder Awards 2016 ‘Best Design’
Built for Life development quality mark

For more information download a project PDF here.

This is a major step forward for York. The council is committed to providing new homes and helping businesses thrive and we are delighted that we’re able to help bring this brown eld site forward for much needed homes. The Chocolate Works is a central platform in that programme [and] we will do everything we can to support the development of this site.
— James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council

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