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The Star Inn the City

Owner: Lendal Engine House Syndicate
Contractor: Gem Construction
Architects:  Crease Strickland Parkins

Conversion and addition to the Lendal Engine House to make a successful high-class restaurant.

Conversion and extension of an unprepossessing group of Victorian Buildings that occupy a prime site next between the Lendal Bridge and the Museum Gardens – originally the pumping station for York’s water supply.

The design is a bold combination: the original pump house and offices have been sympathetically restored; a broad open terrace has been formed overlooking the river; and a spectacular new crystalline dining room has been created opening onto the terrace overlooking the river and the Museum gardens.  Its star-shaped structure is supported on slender timber columns – like the masts of some glass ship sailing into the Museum Gardens.  The interior complements the architectural contrasts with an excitingly eclectic mix of finishes, furniture and fittings – both witty and engaging. It is no surprise that the restaurant is booked out for weeks to come.

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