£20m 150-bed hotel with rooftop sky bar proposed for Hull waterfront

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Apr 2019

A 150-bed hotel with a rooftop sky bar offering spectacular views of Hull’s waterfront could soon be built in plans that would also secure the future of two historic Hull buildings.

The £20m proposal, which would create 120 full and part-time jobs, would see the nine-storey hotel built on land next to Hull's Bonus Arena.

It would also revive the Castle Buildings site and breathe new life into two historic buildings that have been derelict for many years.

The scheme includes the relocation of the main part of the former Earl de Grey pub and refurbishment of the neighbouring Castle Street Chambers building, as well as creating a new public realm area, including a south-facing piazza.

The planning application has been submitted to Hull City Council by Castle Buildings LLP, a joint venture between Wykeland Group and Princes Quay Developments, owner of Princes Quay Shopping Centre.

A view of the proposed new nine-storey hotel, also showing the new Princes Quay footbridge, currently under construction, as seen from the south east side of Castle Street in Hull. Image: DLA Design.

They say the plans have evolved from consultation with council planning, conservation and highways officers and planning committee members, as well as Historic England, over the past two years.

“These plans are the result of a great deal of consideration and consultation to create a development that unlocks the potential of this key site," said Jonathan Stubbs, development director of Wykeland, speaking on behalf of Castle Buildings LLP.

“The proposals respect the past while also looking to the future, by restoring and bringing back to use two historic buildings that might otherwise reach the point of no return and introducing a landmark new structure to the city skyline.

“The proposed hotel will provide much-needed quality accommodation for visitors in a superb location opposite the Bonus Arena and within easy walking distance of the city centre, Old Town, Marina and Fruit Market.

The entrance to the proposed new upscale hotel, with the Earl De Grey and Castle Street Chambers buildings to the right. Image: DLA Design.

“The development will bring major new investment into the city centre and provide a significant economic stimulus. It will also enhance Hull’s appeal to visitors and create a showpiece new area linking the city centre and waterfront.”

The 52,000 sq ft hotel would boast a rooftop bar with a south-facing terrace overlooking the Marina.

The development would also create an "attractive new pedestrian route" from the Bonus Arena to the new A63 footbridge, currently under construction, and the Marina and Fruit Market areas.

Restoration of two buildings

The plans also include the restoration of two historic, derelict city centre buildings - the Castle Street Chambers and Earl de Grey buildings.

Both are grade II listed and, as part of the plans, would would be completely repaired and renovated and linked by a new glazed extension.

As first revealed last year, the proposals would see the Earl de Grey, which is currently set to be demolished as part of the A63 renovation plans, moved and re-built.

Planners say the pub's main frontage would move from Castle Street to face Waterhouse Lane and form an "active streetscape" next to the hotel. The buildings would then be brought back to life as restaurants, cafés, bars or potential office use.

The plans have been reviewed and supported by an independent design panel, which concluded the proposals for the listed buildings were “a clever and rational response, which optimises the qualities of both buildings”.

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