Uni signs lease for York’s Guildhall – heralding new era

09th August 2021

Uni signs lease for York's Guildhall - heralding new era

The University of York has signed a 15-year lease for the city’s Guildhall, allowing the historic riverside complex to become a hub for business, enterprise and events.

The buildings will be leased to York Science Park (YSPL), a subsidiary of the University of York, which will offer support for entrepreneurs and start-ups looking to grow.


City of York Council said the lease will begin when the £21.7 million restoration and redevelopment of the Guildhall, which began in September 2019, is completed this autumn.

A spokesperson said the complex will offer high quality business office, meeting and events space, a cafe and a riverside restaurant, and it will be available for community, civic and council use.

They said the new riverside restaurant was not part of the lease and work was underway to attract a tenant, and members of the public would be invited to a series of scheduled events, offering an opportunity to learn more about the building’s history.

“The terms of the lease also ensures that the council will retain access to the Guildhall for civic events such as Mayor-making, and full council meetings,” they said.

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