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FAQs

We have answered your most common questions about Grand Central Place.

Due to evolving trends and consumer habits, there is very limited demand for large retail department stores. This is exemplified by the recent closure of Debenhams on Briggate, the Arcadia Group going into administration earlier this year, and the recently announced closure of the John Lewis stores in York and Sheffield.

As such, we will redesign the current space to be more appropriately equipped to deal with future trends in the sector.

The building comprises basement and ground floors and a further nine storeys.

Subject to planning approval, Manner will oversee the construction, implementation, and commissioning of the development. A specialist student accommodation operator will be overseeing the ongoing management of the building.

Our proposals would enhance the city centre by providing retail floorspace suitable for the 21st century on the primary retail frontage of Briggate and the student accommodation would support local businesses by increasing footfall and expenditure.

As we remain at an early stage of the development, discussions are continuing, and nothing has been finalised. However, given the prime location and high-quality facilities we are confident that demand will be high.

We are committed to ensuring that any future retailers are of high-quality and that their presence would only enhance the City’s High Street offering.

The building will be ground floor plus nine storeys in total, with the upper floors set back to reduce the impact on the setting of nearby heritage assets. CGI renderings and floor plans can be viewed here.

Safety is paramount and is our primary consideration. University can be life changing for students, many of whom are living away from home for the first time. To help create a safe and comfortable environment, entry to the building will be managed via secure access and security key cards.

As we develop our plans, we will meet with local police crime prevention design advisers ensure our building design is working with Secured by Design (SBD) principles.

All student units are above ground, and the building will be securely lobbied at the entrance level. High quality lighting, CCTV and active frontages to both facades, will also deter criminal behaviour adjacent to the building.

We should note that designing out crime doesn't just rely on cameras; people's eyes, ears and confidence in their community and the quality of their environment (a place they are proud of) can be just as important as a weapon against antisocial behaviour, and we want to achieve this through the quality of the individual and communal facilities and spaces and the architecture we create.