Hungate area developments: then and now


New development, viewed from Dundas St/Palmer Lane, 31 March 2017

On the way to Lawrence Street I walked through the Hungate development. The most recent block of residential development has been unveiled. Its curved corner, facing the Dundas Street/Palmer Lane corner, is shown above. This new development is alongside the Foss, opposite Rowntree Wharf.

I rather like it. What do readers think?

The new build is tall, but so is Rowntree Wharf, and indeed everything appearing here is lofty, replacing the low ranges of light industrial units that occupied the site through the second half of the 20th century. The new buildings look good in the sunlight, though as each block goes up it blocks the light from the buildings around it.

Looking through these photos reminded me of how many I’ve taken in the Hungate development area over the years. I thought it might be interesting to include some ‘then and now’ views.

This photo dates from ten years ago, when the site had been cleared and hoardings were up around the various plots. Note the Foss Islands chimney in the background, a useful landmark for getting your bearings:


The Hungate area, 26 April 2007

The photo above was taken at what is apparently the junction of Carmelite Street, Hungate and Palmer Lane, though I confess I had to look up the street names on the map as this area has changed so much it’s quite disorientating.

Whatever the streets are called, I know that this photo from three years later shows roughly the same view, from roughly the same place:


Hungate area, 31 August 2010

By 2010 the first residential phase of building had been completed, creating a new street off Dundas Street.

And again, from roughly the same place, standing a little further back, the area as it looks now in spring 2017 (again, the chimney on the horizon may help with location and orientation):


Hungate area, 31 March 2017

On the right of the photo, in Carmelite Street, is St John Central (student accommodation). On the left is the side/back of the Hiscox building, which faces onto Peasholme Green/Stonebow. The recent residential build pictured at the top of the page is on the right if we continue straight on from here, following the road round that curved hoarding.

Eventually, presumably, the still-empty site inside that curved hoarding will also house a building, blocking the view shown above, and blocking light from the buildings behind it.

I had a half-hearted attempt at looking for information on the recently completed block here at Hungate, but found my search results were mainly ads for the properties, for sale or rent, at prices I doubt many people can afford.

On my wanders through the area I’ve usually also headed for the footbridge over the Foss to the walkway alongside Rowntree Wharf. Again, a comparison of ‘then and now’ photos suggests itself. Firstly this ancient image from a whole 13 years ago:


Hungate area from the Foss footbridge, 25 Jan 2004

Yes, January 2004. It’s not very big, because back then we didn’t have such high resolutions on our digital cameras, and rather small memory cards inside them.

Again, notice the Foss Islands Road chimney as a landmark. The photo was taken from the corner of the footbridge over the Foss, which is off camera to the right. The corner of the building in the foreground on the left is the Shambles multi-storey car park, dating from around 1990.

Moving on a few years, to 2007:


Hungate area from the Foss footbridge, 21 May 2007

No longer being used as a car park, and with signs of work underway on part of the Hungate redevelopment.

Leaping forward ten years, to now, spring 2017:


Hungate area from the Foss footbridge, 31 March 2017

The wall of the multi-storey car park still there on the left as an anchor to orientate ourselves, but the landmark chimney no longer visible, hidden by buildings — the first phase of building in the background to the left of this view, the most recent block dominating the centre ground. The Foss, still there off camera to the right, showing different reflections now.

Following the footbridge, to the side of Rowntree Wharf, gives us a view looking back over the Foss, towards Stonebow, with the Minster on the horizon. Here’s how it looked in 2011:


Hungate area from the Rowntree Wharf walkway, 26 Sept 2011

And how it looks now, spring 2017:


Hungate area from the Rowntree Wharf walkway, 31 March 2017

On the left, the block of student accommodation, on the right the recent building, and between them the back of the Hiscox building.

Quite dramatic, the changes here. This area was one of the first places I visited in my ‘York Walks’ of 2004, and it has been interesting to keep going back every now and then.

Those lengths of painted hoarding have been in place for quite some time. They’ve been used to display old photos of the area and also children’s artwork, which is a nice idea. I wrote about an earlier display some years back. The current one, just behind the Hiscox building, has some lovely pictures of wildlife:


Exhibition of children’s art on the hoardings in the Hungate area

Hedgehogs seem to be popular:


This is perhaps in connection with a wildlife area nearby, next to the Foss. We may explore that later.

For now, I hope you’ve enjoyed our Hungate wander. My new ‘tip jar’ is below …

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