York developer to transform historic buildings into homes

York developer to transform historic buildings into homes
Pictured (L to R) at the start of work at St Joseph’s Convent, York, are Elvington Park Building Services directors, Jamie Dudding; and Jim Hudson; LHL Group quantity surveyor, Angus Smith and Northminster Limited development surveyor, Alastair Gill.

York-based developer Northminster is set to convert two historic, Grade II listed buildings at the city’s former St Joseph’s Convent on Lawrence Street into modern apartments.

The developer has appointed York’s Elvington Park Building Services to deliver the scheme.

Backed by City of York planners last August, the Northminster scheme will transform two Gothic Revival style buildings, The Lodge, built in 1875 and the Extern House, which dates from 1874, which have lain empty for six years, into modern homes which will offer buyers the first chance to purchase the properties for 150 years when they become available later this year.

The Lodge will be converted into four apartments, one with one bedroom and three with two bedrooms. A  two-bedroom house will be built in an extension to the original building.

The Extern House will be converted into two, one-bedroom apartments and three, two-bedroom apartments.

Meanwhile Northminster will also build four one-bedroom houses, to be known as The Scullery, The Refectory, Garden House and Orchard House, on adjacent, cleared disused land within the former convent.

“It is a huge privilege to once again be working on such beautiful, historic buildings in York and our scheme aims to retain as much as we can of the serene and communal nature of the original properties,” said Northminster development surveyor, Alastair Gill.

“We are excited to be providing high-quality, unique, homes for people seeking something different and to have appointed Elvington Park Building Services Limited for such an important scheme.”

Elvington Park Building Services director, Jamie Dudding, said: “We have a successful record in renovating period listed properties and are excited to be able to transform the St Joseph’s site into desirable living space.

“This is our first project with Northminster and we are looking forward to delivering a fantastic development.”

The conversion of the two properties and external areas has been designed by LHL Group, York, and Mesh Architects, Leeds.