Iconic Building Restored

11th December 2014

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DURING its chequered history, York's Bonding Warehouse has welcomed colourful characters such as comedians Jo Brand and Mark Thomas.

A decade ago, it was briefly used as a squat by peace activists who opposed the war in Iraq.

Today, after being restored and protected from flood-waters that threatened to destroy it, the building is up for sale as an investment opportunity, with an asking price of £2.4m.

Bought by York-based developer Grantside in 2012, the riverside grade II listed building has been converted into a mixed-use scheme of 11,000 sq ft of office space and four penthouse apartments on the upper two floors.

Grantside managing director Steve Davis said: "We have been on an amazing journey since we secured the Bonding Warehouse site in 2012. The building had been in a sorry state of dereliction and vandalism since 2000. Being able to restore this iconic building, which is so much a part of the history of the city, has been a privilege."

Mr Davis said: "The building had been brought back to life through painstaking restoration work and the installation of flood defences. He said the scheme was a sensitive blend of the historic and hi-tech".

The warehouse dates from 1875. It was designed by City Surveyor George Styan, and was intended to encourage seagoing ships to use York as an inland port. It was erected on the site of York's house of correction, where vagrants and beggars were put to work after the Elizabethan Poor Law was passed in 1601. The building was originally used to store taxable goods including wines and spirits, and was converted for leisure use in the 1970s.

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