Some months on from my earlier visit, I noticed in passing recently that there have been some visible changes to the former Rowntree factory building — aka the Cocoa Works development. I know many readers have fond memories of this place, and that many are interested in its redevelopment. I went up that way on Sunday to take some photos.
As always, its brickwork catches the late afternoon light rather handsomely from this side, above the shade in the winter streets below.
Back in autumn 2004, on one of my York Walks, (heading for the old Fever Hospital, though a page about it didn’t appear until much later), I passed that corner and took a photo of the factory glowing in the sunlight of that year.
Clearly, judging by the steam coming from it, the building was still in use at that point, but I’m not sure what this part of it was used for. (If you do, please add a comment below.)
That’s many years back. This old factory has been empty for years, awaiting redevelopment. When I wrote about it earlier this year, though there was a new section of road alongside it, there wasn’t much to see in terms of work on the building itself, but now there is.
A major recent change visible from the street is the work to remove the factory windows. And so many windows there are …
Another photo taken all those years back, 2004, to compare with the above:
But back into the present, as our walk along the long factory frontage takes us to the end of this massive building.
The winter sun shines through it, while the adverts on the hoardings below show how it will look in the future.
I then headed round to the side the sun was on, Cocoa West, via the cycle track (former railway line), with the factory brickwork still sunlit above. More on Cocoa West soon.
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