Our vision for the Red Tower is to bring this historic building to life by offering an inclusive, welcoming space for creative, learning and social activities, run by local people, encouraging local and wider community participation. We will achieve this by creating and curating an ancient magical space that offers a unique oasis in our busy city.
“I love this example of a multi-faceted, community-based heritage voluntary sector organisation. Talk about survive and thrive!”
Jane Hustwit – Chair – YorkCVS
Red Tower York Winner in Category Education / Public / Community
Left to right Red Tower Directors Barry Beckwith, Imelda Havers, Simon Perry and Architect Geoff Holland
In the Beginning
In January 2015 the first seeds of the Red Tower Project were sown. After recovery from the Boxing Day 2015 floods the Project gathered pace. Feasibility studies were carried out and the concept of becoming a Community Interest Company was established, leading to us obtaining a 30 year lease from the City of York Council and employing heritage architects Holland Brown who steered us through the planning process.
The short video below, gives the viewer something of the flavour of how we started and and our vision for the Future.