£130m Albion Square plans to transform Hull city centre gets go-ahead

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Apr 2019

A £130m plan to transform a section of Hull city centre has been given outline planning approval.

The Albion Square plans will see a new shopping, leisure and housing development complete with a new multi-storey car park.

It would also see a new ice arena built in the heart of Hull, with the new development incorporating the Edwin Davis Building and the former BHS and Co-op building.

Councillor Daren Hale on the Albion Square development

The schemes will see the former BHS building knocked down, likely to take place later this year, with demolition work currently underway on the Edwin Davis store.

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Hull City Council’s planning committee yesterday approved an outline planning application for the scheme, with the full plans set to go before city councillors in the future. 

A local campaign group had issued their opposition to the scheme prior to the application being heard over concerns about the fate of the Three Ships mural on the exterior of the former Co-op store.

An image of the proposed £130m Albion Square development in Hull city centre (Image: Supplied picture)

The Hull Heritage Action Group said the existing building should be saved and that current options to save the mural, from reducing its size to creating a replica using different materials and holding a design competition to come up with a replacement, were not adequate.

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But Hull City Council say the application includes plans to save both The Three Ships and two internal murals made by Alan Boyson, the late artist.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration, said: “The Albion Square development is a key site in the council’s long-term strategy for the city centre.

“Featuring high-quality and modern retail spaces, accommodation and leisure facilities, the development will have a massive impact on the city centre economy and other city centre businesses.


An image showing a new public square at the heart of the proposed £130m Albion Square scheme

“The council has pushed, and continues to push, for investment and change in the city centre that can benefit our high streets and responds to the changing demands on city centres.

“We are delighted that the council’s vision for Hull could be realised – it’s a truly exciting time.”

In November last year, plans to split the £130m scheme into separate development parcels were agreed.

The decision by cabinet councillors means the currently derelict  city centre  site will be re-built by a number firms. It’s likely separate developers will ultimately take responsibility for delivering the retail, leisure and housing elements of the scheme.



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