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XR Stories
Research Centre Fit-out, King’s Manor

  • Location

    University of York, King's Manor Campus

  • Completion Date


  • Project Cost

    c £1.2M

The King’s Manor is owned by City of York Council and rented by The University of York on a long-term lease. Within the University’s property portfolio it is the single most expensive building to maintain.

To ensure the King’s Manor remains a financially sustainable teaching facility the University sought to base an additional department or research group on site.

To this end, proposals were developed for the use of the campus by XR Stories; a £15 million arts investment by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the University of York, BFI and Screen Yorkshire.

XR Stories is was set up to provide research and development funding to push forward the potential of immersive and interactive technologies for digital story telling.

To accommodate XR Stories’ new teaching, meeting and work spaces were created in addition to display and exhibition areas. Careful consideration was given to creating greater access to The King’s Manor for the public, which included relocating an existing commercial kitchen and canteen.