York Convent Buildings to be redeveloped into nine apartments plus houses, by Northminster | Investors Forum YorkInvestors Forum York

TWO former convent buildings in York are set to be transformed into apartments and a house in a £3.5 million redevelopment.

The Lodge and The Extern House, situated at the front of the former St Joseph’s Convent in Lawrence Street, has been bought by property developer Northminster. The firm has secured planning permission to convert the buildings near Walmgate Bar into nine one and two bedroomed apartments and also a two bedroomed house.

However, the development will also include four single bedroom new build houses within the grounds. Other features planned include landscaped communal gardens, private garden areas for several of the properties and onsite car parking spaces.

St Joseph’s was home to the Poor Clare Colettines, an order of nuns, for 140 years until 2012 when the convent was closed. Northminster purchased the two buildings from Select Property Group, which developed the Vita Student Village York on the rest of the convent site.

A spokeswoman for Langleys Solicitors said it advised Northminster on the purchase of the two Grade II listed buildings, which were designed by the ecclesiastical architect George Goldie and built between 1872 and 1875.

Alastair Gill, development surveyor at Northminster, said it was ‘privileged’ to be the owners of the historic buildings and looked forward to redeveloping them, following almost 150 years of continuous occupation by the Poor Clare Colettines.

“We were keen to respect the previous use as a convent and create a sense of community, setting our scheme round a highly landscaped communal garden,” he added.

Tim Cross, head of commercial property at Langleys Solicitors, said the buildings, with their history, would provide a unique place for people to live, close to York’s city walls.

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