A fantastic microbrewery could be built in the middle of Hull as part of a huge new development

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Jan 2018

A microbrewery which people can visit could be coming to Hull as part of a huge new development in Old Town.

Plans to breathe new life into the city centre by creating shops and restaurants in an empty office block were given the go-ahead by Hull City Council planners in November.

KWH (Hull) Ltd will start work shortly to transform King William House in Market Place into several restaurants and leisure facilities, along with 30 high-end apartments.

And now it has submitted a further application to turn part of the former Argos store into the brewery, which would also include a visitor centre and tap room where people can watch beer being made.

KWH Ltd director Shaun Larvin, who was initially behind the Double Tree by Hilton hotel development, said: “This latest application is an add-on to the development already given planning permission.

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“We are not in advanced talks with any brewery yet but there is a lot of interest and we want to get planning permission in place if possible.

“This kind of use works really well with the footprint we have in that location.

Artist's impression of the new development panned for King William House in Market Street, Hull

“We believe this would be a unique attraction to bring to Hull city centre and, if planning permission was granted, we would hope to have it all completed by this time next year.”

The planning application submitted this week reveals further details about the plans.

The planning statement says: “It is proposed to change the use of part of the ground floor and first floor of King William House to form a microbrewery and ancillary visitors’ centre and tap room.

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“A leading local brewing company is keen to establish itself at this location. In addition to brewing its beers on site, the company intends to become a tourist attraction by providing a visitors’ centre and tap room whereby visitors can come to see how the beer is manufactured and sample some of the company’s products.

Artist's impression of the new development panned for King William House in Market Street, Hull

“It is anticipated the proposed use will bring additional footfall to the area and will create additional employment.”

East Yorkshire has a healthy number of small breweries including Atom Beers, Wold Top and Great Newsome Brewery.

Mr Larvin previously said he was looking at some top end restaurants to come to the King William House development which will also include apartments.

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He previously told the Mail: “We are speaking to the likes of Jamie Oliver's team and this is the kind of outfit we are looking at.

“There may be one or two shops, depending on who comes forward, but we are looking at bistros and restaurants to move in and these will be national brands.

King William House in Market Place, Hull

“The apartments will all be one or two bedrooms with balconies and they will cater to the high end market and professionals.

Mr Larvin believes the development could provide a huge lift to the area.

He said: “This development will be great for the area and this is a huge investment.

“The Minster is close by and the area has been redeveloped and this enhances it even further. We have been working closely with the council on this.”

Built it in 1975, King William House also includes the former Argos store and a 600-space multi-storey car park.

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