Former Aviva building in York is transformed into a 150-bed boutique hotel for Malmaison with sky bar to provide views of York Minster

Yorkshire House on Rougier Street was built in 1962 and renovated in 2000 before being sold by Aviva.

North Star, with funding from Lothbury Investment Management, set about converting the building for Malmaison use.

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North Star is acting as the prime contractor and is working with Dudleys, DLG Architects and Martin Design Associated to deliver the project.

Dudleys, a civil engineering consultancy, has completed work on the £ 18 million refurbishment of the former Aviva building in York city center to create a 150 bed boutique hotel for Malmaison.

A spokesman said, “Dudleys provided extensive structural engineering consultancy services for major changes to the existing concrete frame of the 29,000-square-foot landmark building, a rear extension and an upward extension for an impressive new rooftop sky bar that offers spectacular views of the city walls and York Minster.”

Paul Brownlow, Director at Dudleys, said: “The renovation of Yorkshire House was a sensitive project given its prime location and its narrow inner city location.

“Bringing the structural integrity of the building in line with the customer’s requirements for open spaces was a challenge, as was working as part of a flood risk strategy. We provided a solution to open the spaces of boxes in offices with minimal structural intervention using lightweight construction techniques.

“A particularly impressive part of the project was the Sky Bar extension, where the floor was set back to lower the standing room for the bar staff so that customers can look over them in the direction of Münster. It’s great to see this building being revitalized through an impressive internal reconfiguration and operated by such an up-and-coming brand. “

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