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Work in progress on the Supercity Micklegate hotel site in York

WORK is now underway on a new apart-hotel inside Bar Walls in York.

The buildings at 105-111 Micklegate were demolished to make way for a new city center aparthotel, replacing the Jinnah Spice Club restaurant and car rental company Minster Self Drive, with the rest of the retail units having been out of use.

Supercity Aparthotels got the spot after making a deal with York-based developer North Star.

It is designed by the architects of York, Vincent and Brown.

Mark Andrews of Vincent and Brown said: “The design continues the approach of creating a ‘medieval modern’ building that is respectful and sympathetic to the surrounding context.

“The design concept was influenced by the medieval half-timbered buildings that once lined the street, echoing the shapes of these traditional buildings through the use of gables and double-pitched roofs while using materials that reference to buildings on either side, including masonry, plaster and fins and exposed wood panels. ”

The hotel will have 62 rooms and create 45 new jobs, with a restaurant and bar on the ground floor.

The site is bounded by the Grade I listed city walls and Micklegate Bar, Dewsbury Court and The Priory Pub.

The planning request indicated that, according to recent tourism figures compiled by holiday market companies, York was the second most visited city in the UK in 2018 and its population is growing.

Supercity has six apartment hotels across the UK, in London, Manchester and Brighton.

Each location has high-speed Wi-Fi and Bluetooth audio systems as well as Nespresso coffee machines.

The hotel is expected to be finished by 2023.