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City of Culture 2017 – Hull’s New Developments

What is happening at these 13 major developments in Hull?

As the saga over the future of the former Rank Mill site next to the River Hull drags on, Angus Young looks at what’s happening at other major development schemes given the go-ahead over the past three years.

It has been a week full of hope and new annoucements for Hull. As City of Culture bosses revealed an exciting programme of events to kick-off 2017, reporters from around the country and further afield were bussed in to get a glimpse of the progress.

And it is fair to say that, among all the positive reports in the following day’s papers, there were one or two questions being asked about the amount of development work going on around the city. So here is a progress report on 13 major projects.

1) Wellington Street

The land next to Humber Quays overlooking the Humber was earmarked for a mixed-use scheme including a hotel, retail, leisure and housing as well as a multi-storey car park.

Planning permission was granted in August 2013 but has since expired. The site remains derelict.


2) Spring Bank

Known as the Government Building site after the offices that once stood there, it’s now largely a mini-forest of trees between a Tesco Express store and the Polar Bear pub. Approval for 37 flats and three shops was given in February last year. Planning permission expires in early 2018.


3) Hull New Theatre

Plans for a two-storey extension to the venue were given the thumbs-up last October and construction is well under way. The council-owned theatre is due to reopen in late 2017.

Earlier this summer, the Mail was allowed into the theatre to get a look at the progress so far.



4) James Reckitt Library

A conversion scheme at the Holderness Road landmark to create 12 self-contained flats and a new three-storey residential block of 20 flats was supported by councillors in August last year. Work to convert the former library has now started at the site.


5) Mount Pleasant

Approval for a new Lidl supermarket at the site of a former timber yard at the junction with Hedon Road was granted last November. The supermarket is due to open later this year and the development also includes space for a pub and restaurant.


6) Hedon Road

Work on an extension at the former Seven Seas factory is already taking place after planning approval was confirmed in January. It is being carried out by manufacturing group Eltherington, which now occupies the former fish oil supplement plant.


7) RB Health

A new three-storey research building at RB, formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser, was given the go-ahead late last year. Contractors are currently on site to deliver the £105m project.


8) Ferensway

No sign of any construction activity yet on the site of the former Lexington Avenue nightclub. Planning consent for a 159-bed hotel was granted in July last year.

Approval for the hotel scheme expires in mid-2018. In July, the firm behind the scheme, Lexington Avenue Leisure Ltd, said work was due to start in August.

Tony Howard, business development executive, told the Mail: “We will start work on the new hotel in August. There have been a few delays as we have had to look at the finances, with some of the costs slightly underestimated.

That took a while to sort out, but that has all been completed now. Everything is ready now and we are looking forward to it.”


9) Wright Street

A scheme to change former offices into 18 apartments is currently on hold with a revised planning application being considered by the city council. The initial permission was granted in April this year.


10) Charterhouse Lane

A proposed change of use for the empty former Charterhouse School building is also on hold, pending the outcome of an appeal against an earlier refusal by the council. A separate application to create 14 flats inside the property was approved in June.


11) John Street

The steel frame of the new Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) is already changing the skyline along Freetown Way. Councillors gave the go-ahead for the UTC in April.


12) Tower Street

Eight years since the original planning permission was granted, all that can be seen at the former Rank Mill site is a large pile of debris. Official consent for a proposed £128m hotel, leisure and residential complex has now expired.


13) Anne Street

Approval for a 135-bed hotel on the site of the former Heaven and Hell nightclub was given in July 2013. The boarded-up club is still there, with no sign of work starting any time soon on a hotel.


Artcile from the Hull Daily Mail – read the full article here… 

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