We’re thrilled to share that we recently received planning approval and conservation area consent for a project in the historic fishing town of Filey, North Yorkshire.

The project’s objective was to replace an existing beloved beach café, originally hand-built by our client’s father and grandfather circa 1960, with a striking new building that honors the venue’s 60-year legacy while also reflecting the local character and conservation area designation.

Our final design makes excellent use of renewable timber, featuring exposed trusses, cedar shingles and vertical random cladding. Floor-to-ceiling glazing allows ample natural light and takes full advantage of the seafront views that patrons have enjoyed for generations. The result is a comfortable, all-seasons café with a nostalgic nod to the past but an exciting vision for the future.

We are proud that the planners agreed this contemporary yet sympathetic building has earned its place overlooking the Filey seafront. It demonstrates our architecture practice’s ability to balance innovation with respect for heritage, even in sensitive contexts like this conservation area.

Successes like this highlight why more clients in York with complex constraints turn to us for award-winning placemaking grounded in policy expertise. Though based in York, our regional practice loves rising to the challenge of tricky consents.

So if you have a project with heritage and conservation considerations and love striking contemporary architecture, let’s talk. This recent Filey win shows that with the right architects, even the most difficult consents can become a reality.