King’s Manor, the city-centre premises of the University of York, is undergoing a refurbishment to provide better overall facilities to users of the building and create a new home for XR Stories, a project leading on the use of innovative technologies in storytelling.

The new plans should create more user friendly attractive and accessible spaces in this historic, listed building for the benefit of everyone using it.


  • A new modern, accessible cafe facility for staff, students and the general public
  • Refurbishment of the Huntingdon Room, including new carpet, lighting, AV equipment and furniture
  • Complete refurbishment of the library
  • Creation of additional breakout and study spaces within the building for students


Work began in February 2020 with the closure of the refectory. Due to delays caused by Covid-19  Due to Covid-19 this project is currently on hold.


King’s Manor, located in York city centre. Work will focus specifically on the cafe area, the Library and the Huntington Room.


Following the exciting news that XR Stories would be relocated to King’s Manor, the University, through consultation with King’s Manor staff and students, identified a requirement to refurbish specific areas of the building to provide space for XR Stories to move into. Additional work was identified to further improve King’s Manor staff and student facilities overall.

What will it look like?

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XR Stories

General refurbishment


The project will ensure better facilities for King’s Manor staff and students including:

  • New modern accessible cafe facilities
  • Better work and study spaces
  • New flooring
  • Furniture
  • Improved decoration
  • New AV installation

How will this affect me?

This project will affect only King’s Manor residents and those who visit the building. 
For those residing in King’s Manor there will be some rooms that are closed during the refurbishment. 

The refectory closed to staff, students and the general public.. Vending machines have been provided to ensure students and staff still have access to drinks and snacks on site.

There may be some disruption to routes around the building and on occasion work may be noisy however this will be kept to a minimum during teaching hours.



Contact us

More questions? Please email the Campus Development Team.