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York Festival of Ideas

When: Sunday 17th June 16.30 – 18.00
Where: King’s Manor, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EP

Urbanism Principal Francis Glare is one of the speakers on the final day of the York Festival of Ideas when he joins fellow panellists to discuss the reimagining of this historic city with its unique mix of heritage and hi-tech. Other speakers include Bob Allies (Allies and Morrison), Andy Shrimpton (Cycle Heaven), Helen Graham (University of Leeds) and Timothy Ireland (Kent School of Architecture) and the session is introduced by Jon Timmis, the University of York's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships & Knowledge Exchange. The event is free to attend and tickets can be booked on the York Festival of Ideas website.

Francis and his team are working on a £30m masterplan to transform the area surrounding some of York’s most important and sensitive landmarks, details of which have recently been made public. The Castle Gateway masterplan proposes a new area of high quality public realm around the historic Clifford’s Tower, along with riverside walkways and a pedestrian cycle bridge over the Foss. New homes and water based leisure activities will transform the Foss Basin, and Piccadilly will be revitalised as a pedestrian-friendly street with apartments above hubs for independent traders and local businesses.