Albion Place, Skipton

A modern shopping and dining experience set in beautiful surroundings
Maple Grove Developments
4,274 sqm
March 2014
Bowman Riley
Client's Specification


The project, which was developed within the Historic Conservation Area, involved the demolition of an existing unpopular 1960s building to make way for new retail units totalling 4000m² and a 650m² restaurant unit with improvements to the public realm, including the creation of a new Public Open Space named Museum Yard.

The scheme is anchored by a large Next Store, with other operators including Chevin Cycles, Cotswold Outdoors, Cotton Traders, Dawsons Department Stores, Pavers and Pizza Express. The new retail development opened for trade in Easter 2014.

The scheme, designed by local architects, Bowman Riley, reflects both the historic layout of Skipton town centre, as well as picking up key materials from its surroundings within its construction.

In close proximity to Skipton’s Grade I Medieval Castle and Holy Trinity Church, Albion Place is contemporary yet sympathetic to the historic grain of the town. The development features natural stone, glazing and slate roofs to reflect the high-quality built environment and to set the standard for future developments in this picturesque area.

Museum Yard is a public space with stepped seating which has become a safe place for schoolchildren visiting Craven Museum. This unique space, located behind the High Street, provides perimeter seating and a space for events such as exhibitions, stalls and performances.

The 46,000 sq. ft. development has created more than 150 permanent jobs and includes public realm works offering customer parking for 330 cars. Albion Place offers something new to this thriving town and will provide people in Skipton and beyond a modern shopping and dining experience in beautiful surroundings.


Yorkshire Insider Property Awards Development of the Year 2014

00_hard-hat_one   15 Work opportunities created                           A screwdriver and a wrench. Vector icons for video, mobile apps, Web sites and print projects.   3 Apprentices employed                           local-workforce   83% Local workforce

Key Challenges

This project was undertaken on a restricted town centre location adjacent to grade 2 listed buildings.

The site was of historical interest and we worked with an archaeologist during the development.


The ground conditions were difficult on a sloping site with varying rock head levels and a number of tree preservation orders.

Added Value

We were able to add value to this project through interactions with the local college, Craven College, inviting pupils for site tours and talks.

We also organised a grand opening for the development, involving arranging an Easter egg competition and children’s entertainer.

Client Feedback

“With Albion Place, Maple Grove Developments has created a fantastic destination retail scheme in the affluent market town of Skipton.”
Ben Hall
Investment Director, GVA in Leeds

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