City of York

Castle Gateway

September-December 2017

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York Castle Gateway is a historic site on the southern edge of York City Centre. It sits largely within the city walls at the confluence of the rivers Foss and Ouse and covers the length of Piccadilly (street), the Coppergate shopping centre, Clifford's Tower and the Eye of York. 

In 2017 York City Council commissioned architects BDP to prepare a masterplan and Witteveen+Bos UK was subcontracted to provide expertise in floodplain development and movement on foot, public transport and cycle during Masterplan phase 1.

Richard led Witteveen+Bos' contribution and introduced the required Dutch expertise in flood management and development within floodplains. The purpose of this was to satisfy the Environment Agency that any new development would not worsen existing flood risk.


Richard joined the masterplan team and was asked to prepare baseline information on local transport and develop initial discussion proposals for walking and cycling infrastructures. He prepared a comprehensive initial appraisal of local conditions for walking and cycling and discussed existing and potential bus routes.

To see Richard's work on the Castle Gateway stage 1 masterplan prepared by BDP, please see pages 40-50 of this report 

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