All signs point to a prosperous Fossgate future! Seven pix of stylish new street banner

The new sign in place in Fossgate. Photographs: YorkMix
29 Apr 2018 @ 4.01 pm
| Environment

A brand new sign now adorns the entrance to Fossgate in York.

This stylish steel banner was installed on Sunday (April 29) to give this revitalised street of indie businesses the prominence it deserves.

Gone is the plastic banner. In its place, a street-spanning sign declares York to be the Merchants’ Quarter.

It was the York Civic Trust’s first major city enhancement project of 2018. Part-funded by the York BID the installation was the end of a two-year project.

“The new banner changes the entrance to Fossgate, providing a welcome addition to this part of the city that is light, contemporary, whilst in keeping with the street-scape,” said the Civic Trust.

Granted planning permission by City of York Council in 2017, the banner was constructed at the Hull workshop of Barker & Patterson.

It was designed by PPIY with the history of Fossgate in mind.

In the middle ages a fish market was held here – and the fish shown on the banner are known to have been sold in medieval York.

The banner is winched into place. Photograph: York Civic Trust
The street was closed for a while to allow the work to take place. Photograph: York Civic Trust
Looking resplendent in place over Fossgate
A close up of the central section
The changing face of an historic street
The view from the other side

At the first Fossgate Festival of the year, to be held on Sunday, May 6, the banner will be officially dedicated at a ceremonial unveiling of a plaque led by the project’s major donor, York BID, and representatives from the project.

The project has been a collaboration between York Civic Trust, York BID, the Fossgate Association, PPIY, Barker & Patterson Ltd and DossorMCA (now Mason Clark Associates).