Project Chrysalis

Building for the future

Project Chrysalis is 1st Holgate Scout Group’s ambitious plan to relocate to a purpose-built facility capable of housing all of its sections and allow for further growth to meet demand. The Group has for the last thirty years been an important part of the local community providing adventure and informal education to thousands of local youngsters. It has for a number or years aspired to have its own home; the aim of Project Chrysalis is to deliver this through the provision of a facility which has the minimum impahi_big_e_min_bluect on the environment whilst providing an outstanding resource for both
the Group and the local community.


Update 18 May 2017

The project team have been working hard to bring the project to fruition. We’ve raised sufficient funds to begin the planning permission process and are pulling together the necessary consents to allow this to progress.

We hope to be able to move things forward in the very near future. Watch this space!

Update 18 March 2016

The Consultation period has now ended.

The project team are now carrying out preparatory work to apply for planning permission.

Further updates will appear here in due course.

Update 27 February 2016

The drop in consultation events are now complete and were a great success. We have received lots of really useful feedback which will help us to make an informed decision whether to proceed with the project. If you couldn’t make the drop in events please take a look at our consultation page and give us your views via the methods explained thereon. You have until 18th March to give us your feedback.

Update 20 February 2016

The Public Consultation phase of the project has begun. Information leaflets have been distributed to the local area and local businesses. Information on the Consultation can be found here. Drop in sessions will be held at Acomb Primary School on 26th and 27th February.

Please do give us your feedback as this will be very useful and will inform our plans.

Update 18 November 2015

Last night the Group’s Executive Committee approved the final draft of the Feasibility Report prepared by Mass Architecture and decided to proceed with the Public Consultation. They also agreed to carry out work with a view to obtaining full planning permission, agreeing Lease terms and other consents. These workstreams will allow them to make an informed decision as to whether to progress past the feasibility stage of the project.

Update 31 March 2015

Mass Architecture have been working on a wide range of activities for the Group. They have carried out a topographical survey of the site, identified exisiting services, commissioned a landscape architect who has produced various site plans and they have also produced some initial high-level designs. This work has all been collated to produce a Design Access Statement which has been used as part of an outline planning application which was lodged with City of York Council last week.

The result of this application will give us a clearer indication of whether the development Mass are proposing is acceptable to the planners and will form a major part of the feasibility study.

We are moving towards the consultation stage of the study and an event is being planned for early May; this will offer key stakeholders, local residents, members and their parents to all have their say about the plans being develop for the Group by Mass. Details of the event and the other ways to let us have your views will be made available soon.

Update 9 December 2014

We have this week formally instructed Mass Architecture to begin the feasibility study; they have visited the site and a topographical survey will be carried out soon.

Update 21 October 2014

The project took a step forward this week as it was confirmed our bid for funds from Awards for All was successful. This means that we can begin the feasibility study process and the project team will meet with our chosen partners, Mass Architecture, very soon. The process will include a lot of local consultation and we encourage you all to engage with this; we’re envisaging that the young people will get the chance to be hands on in the design process!

The aim of the feasibility study is to confirm that the project is in the best interest of the Group. It will look at designs, construction and on-going running costs, fundraising requirements, access to the site and include planning considerations. The aim is to provide the Group Executive Committee with the information it requires to make an informed decision as to whether to progress the idea further.

Update 30 May 2014

We are currently considering the responses we have recieved from those Architects who have chosen to tender for the feasibility study – four practices in all. Applications are currently also being finalised for funding to pay for the study.

We are awaiting for confirmation from City of York Council as they are in the process of appointing a project manager for the project from their perspective. Once confirmed an the project manager will apply to the Secretary of State for Education for approval for the project to proceed.



Over the past thirty years 1st Holgate Scout Group has sought to be at the forefront of the provision of first class Scouting to the young people of York. The constant strive for excellence in all we do has led to unprecedented growth and the demand for our brand of quality Scouting has never been greater.

The Group has been given the opportunity to work in partnership with Acomb Primary School and Acomb Out of School Club to explore the possibility of building a purpose-built facility on surplus land on the School site.

The provision of unrivalled Scouting accommodation could be the next step in the Group’s development. The aim of the project would be to deliver the benchmark for all future Scout buildings. In keeping with true Scouting values, the Group would develop a building having the minimum impact of the environment whilst providing an outstanding resource for both the Group and the local community. The Group wants to secure its position at the heart of its community.