Our vision is simple | Our approach is collaborative | Our compassion is real
From May 2018, York has a new destination.
We are a community project, turning an empty city-centre site into a thriving village of enterprises - all of whom are independent, local and give something back to the community.
Spark:York is a local project, for local people. We aim to share our experiences of travel, food, socialising and working to create the ultimate, inclusive space in the heart of York.
Spark:York consists of 23 upcycled shipping containers, arranged over two levels.
As a community interest company without shareholders, all profits are reinvested in the project and local community.
The site has been designed, aesthetically developed and assembled by York's pocket-sized design + build team - Unconventional Design, a local company bursting with creative ideas and solutions from small spaces to large installations.
They were just the tonic for the very first Spark:York design session involving designs and lego blocks! UD's James and Clare Palmer, who were the co-creators of the Adventures of Stockeld Park, near Wetherby, from this point, put together a successful planning application alongside award-winning architect Carl Turner, who featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, and has previously created similar schemes in London.
The site was at one time an aviation factory and a Tram depot, before sitting underused and vacant for two decades before the building was demolished in 2015.
The City of York Council wanted a temporary project to bring vitality and vision to a neglected area of the City, with huge potential. Piccadilly and the wider Castle Gateway of York may soon be York's most creative urban quarter.
Included within Spark:York will be :
- Street food kiosks – unique street food not found elsewhere in the City
- Beverage kiosks – serving alcohol and non-alcohol based drinks, tapping into the early evening, European-style way of drinking and socialising
- Retail – selling unique products from small, independent retailers
- Shared workspace – a Hub for socially-minded local start-ups, charities and entrepreneurs, providing hands-on support to help ideas flourish
- Meeting / teaching space – a quiet, private space for meetings or classroom-type events
- Stage and performance area – providing a platform for performing arts and a regular programme of events and activities for York residents
- Public workspace – free wi-fi and desk space accessible to Digital Nomads or people needing a couple of hours space in the City Centre.