500 jobs as £22m development boasting Arco HQ, 350 space car park and homes to be approved
An image of the new-look Arco headquarters near the Hull Tidal Barrier (Image: Wykeland Beal)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 1 Apr 2019
Plans for a new £22m development in Hull's Fruit Market are being recommended for approval when they go before councillors this week.
The scheme includes a new state-of-the-art headquarters for Hull-based safety firm Arco and a 350-space multi-story car park on land between Blackfriargate and Humber Street close to Myton Bridge and the Tidal Barrier.
Also featured in the proposals are 34 new homes as well as options to include new ground floor shops, restaurants and bars.
If given the go-ahead, it would bring around 500 jobs to the area with Arco moving from its current headquarters in Waverley Street.
That move is necessary as the Waverley Street site is set to be used as the main works compound for Highways England's £400m Castle Street improvement scheme, which is due to get underway in late 2020.
The proposed new headquarters for Arco at Hull's Fruit Market with a new 350-space car park shown behind(Image: Wykeland Beal)
A report by council planning officers for Wednesday's planning committee says the proposed design featuring a mass of modern buildings up to five-storeys high is in line with already agreed development policy for the site.
The planners argue it will deliver on the aim of creating a "gateway entrance" to the Fruit Market and compliment other nearby new buildings, including The Deep and the C4Di complex.
They also claim it will not have any "harmful impact" on the setting of the Grade I listed Hull Minster on the other side the adjacent A63.
The land earmarked for the new Arco HQ has been vacant for for a number of years and is currently used as a temporary open surface car park.
Developers Wykeland Beal say the proposed 350-space multi-storey car park will be designed for Arco employees, businesses in the Fruit Market and visitors to the area.
Under the plans, 200 spaces will be allocated to Arco employees during the working week.
Arco's headquarters in Waverley Street, Hull. (Image: Hull Daily Mail)
The remaining 150 spaces will be a mixture of contract parking spaces for existing businesses within the Fruit Market area and a pay and display facility for the general public.
The scheme represents one of the last pieces in the jigsaw of regeneration in the area which started nearly a decade ago when the city council acquired most of the former wholesale fruit market warehouses in Humber Street when traders moved to a new home at Priory Park.
Should councillors support the application, it would leave just one remaining vacant development site in the Fruit Market where the former Pepi's nightspot once stood next to the Marina.