GEM Construction (York) Ltd Spring Update March 2017


GEM Construction Ltd celebrate 20 years in business

GEM Construction have had another successful year last year with the undertaking of a variety of projects, some of which are nearing completion this Spring.


Whilst our focus is on the building and restoration work we undertake as a business, we are passionate about being able to contribute our assistance to the needs of the local community by offering sponsorship to a number of local sporting organisations.  We also recognise the importance of encouraging younger people to join the industry and we have recently employed a Trainee Quantity Surveyor and two additional Joinery Apprentices to join the GEM team.


Recently Completed Projects


The Old Police Station, Harrogate

The Old Police Station in Harrogate has been one of our most prestigious projects in recent years. This project has recently been successfully completed for one of our premier clients, Harrogate Restoration LLP.

This elegant building was saved from demolition by a recent listing, and purchased by Harrogate Restoration three years ago. Having been awarded the building work contract, GEM converted the building into very desirable dwellings; consisting of nine individually designed houses and fifteen apartments.

GEM spent two years taking this redundant, previous office block that had been altered and manipulated over a period of ninety years, into beautiful homes. A good deal of time was spent demolishing redundant areas of the police station, including the cell block, and an unsightly timber framed building. The building was stripped back to its original footprint, revealing the rear section of the structure which had been lost behind more modern structures.


Four new-build houses were introduced into the rear yard area, which was formerly garages and parking. The design idea of these was to form a link between the restored 1960’s block, therefore creating a flow from old to new. The three storey town houses fit well into the space without spoiling the surroundings, also giving a buffer zone for existing dwellings to the rear of the site. These sit comfortably within the project, giving a courtyard feeling to the rear of the buildings.


All kitchens were hand built and fitted by a local contractor, with great design skill and awareness of the variety of sizes and space available. So too were all bathrooms, designed and provided by a local company. Both of these key areas within the home helped create appealing, high class, desirable dwellings.

The aim of the refurbishment was always to restore the building back to its former glory, reintroducing details of the original design.

Now completed and 80% sold GEM have really given a 'building of the past, a future'.



 Neon, York

 GEM have recently handed over, on time, the Neon Project to the Helmsley Group. The project involved the conversion of surplus office space into 16 one bedroomed and studio apartments for sale on the open market. The works included the structural alterations to the building to allow the installation of the acoustic party walls to each apartment and then the full fit out of each plot.


Halo 4, York

The final phase of the Pioneer Business Park Project that GEM have been undertaking with The Helmsley Group was handed over towards the end of 2016, on programme. The works involved the conversion of office space into 18 one bedroomed and studio apartments for sale on the open market.


Star Inn the City, York

GEM carried out refurbishment work for The Star Inn the City at the start of the year which involved replacing flooring and the installation of new pilsner tanks. The Star Inn the City were extremely impressed with the refurbishment work that was carried out.


Current and Future Projects


Fossgate, York

GEM have been working on the refurbishment of the existing MacDonald’s Furniture Shop on Fossgate in central York, and the building of 4 new residential houses in the adjoining courtyard. We have recently handed over Phase 1 of the works – the Landlord fit-out of the commercial unit in readiness for the fit-out by the new tenant, who will be opening a new restaurant in April 2017. The Phase 1 works involved the re-roofing of the existing building and extensive structural repairs, thereby giving the building a new lease of life. During the works we uncovered ‘the most significant Viking find since the Jorvik Centre opened’ which had the archaeologists excited – this has been documented and removed from site for further restoration.

Work now turns to concentrating on the new residential town houses that are due to be complete this summer, which will be a challenge that GEM are confident they can achieve.


Star Inn The Harbour, Whitby

We are pleased to announce that following the approval of planning permission, GEM is due to start work on turning the Former Tourist Information Centre in Whitby into a new fish and chip restaurant and ice cream parlour.  Work is due to commence in early March with the anticipated opening date at the end of May. 


North Lodge, York

We are also delighted to announce that following the recent successful planning application on the site of the current GEM offices, we have secured the contract to build a new traditionally built stone faced apartment block of 14 one and two bedroomed executive apartments. Whilst the external appearance is in keeping with the surrounding architecture, the apartments have been designed in a contemporary style. Work is due to commence in the Autumn.