Built in 1926, the Terry’s chocolate factory became an iconic part of the York skyline. It was a significant employer within the local community until its close in 2005, and so when we acquired the site, we knew it came with a rich history. One we wanted to honour. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – to protect the site’s listed buildings from deterioration and breathe new life into a cherished part of York’s past.
When we bought the former Terry’s Chocolate Works in 2013, it had been granted planning permission for office and business use. We decided to change direction and create a residential development that would better showcase the site’s character, and ultimately give it back to the people of York.
And so, we partnered with PJ Livesey to reimagine two of the renowned site’s original buildings. The main multi-story factory is now ‘The Residence’, 163 individually designed apartments, full of heritage features, while The Clocktower/Boiler House building is being developed into 22 unique apartments. Wherever possible, we have created public-realm spaces to open up to the community, including access to the former formal peace gardens, which now incorporates a children’s play area. Many of the other buildings within the site are being taken forward by exciting organisations, including Springfield Health, who have turned the former HQ into a luxury specialist dementia care facility, and McCarthy & Stone, who will develop a retirement living community on what was the staff car park. We’re also collaborating with Stonebridge Homes to transform a 3-acre plot behind the factory building into a destination that will complete the site.
The local community have such strong connections to the factory, with many of their parents and grandparents having worked there. We’re proud to now be reopening forgotten areas, and reviving buildings that would otherwise have stood empty and neglected.