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Work starts on York’s former chocolate factory

Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, has appointed Henry Boot Construction as contractor and started work on site at The Cocoa Works, the former Rowntree factory on Haxby Road in the centre of York.

With a Gross Development Value (GDV) of approximately £80M, the scheme will deliver 279 apartments, of which 84 will be available for shared ownership. Once complete, The Cocoa Works will comprise seven studios, 111 one-bedroom apartments, 146 two-bedroom apartments and 15 three-bedroom apartments.

Henry Boot Construction has begun the refurbishment of the historic site, which was home to the Rowntree factory from 1890 and had over 6,000 employees by the 1920s, producing world-famous confectionary brands.

Latimer’s plans for the eight-hectare site, which has been derelict for more than a decade, will ensure original features of the building are celebrated and incorporated into designs. The old Joseph Rowntree Memorial Library will also be refurbished, providing a character-filled community space that will be home to a concierge service for residents and a private working space.

Richard Cook, Group Director of Development for Clarion Housing Group, said: “The scheme will deliver characterful, high-end apartments, including many available through shared ownership, whilst celebrating the heritage of the building and the legacy of Joseph Rowntree. We’re looking forward to seeing the first residents move in and a vibrant community developing around one of York’s most iconic buildings.”

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