A stunning new vision for Hull as regeneration plans revealed

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Sep 2017

Incredible new images showing plans for the next stage of the regeneration in Hull city centre have been revealed.

The plans include new retail outlets, housing, leisure facilities and parking all built around an enclosed courtyard in Albion Street.

The regeneration would take place on the land encompassing the former BHS and Co-op building, the Edwin Davis building and Albion Street car park.

Artist’s impressions also show Hull City Council’s plans to preserve the BHS mural in King Edward Square with a stylish curved glass front added to the redeveloped building.

Proposals have earmarked the Albion Square site as a potential location for a new ice arena, with pictures showing an impressive courtyard with restaurants and cafés nearby.

Kingston House to be transformed into 'trendy' £6m complex with hotel, luxury apartments and swanky rooftop terrace

Today, new plans have also been revealed for the development of the dilapidated Kingston House building into a complex which will include luxury apartments, a 100-bed hotel, a restaurant, gym, bar and a café with a rooftop terrace.

The Albion Street, Jameson Street and Bond Street site was identified as a priority Enterprise Zone in Hull and allocated in the council’s Local Plan for new retail space in the heart of the city.

Proposals to build an ice arena on the Albion street car park land would allow for the current arena in Kingston Street to be redeveloped for housing in the future, according to the council.

Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration, said: “Following the announcement of key private investment into the full redevelopment of Kingston House, we are delighted to introduce our vision for Albion Square.

“The site is the only one of its size in the primary shopping area of the city centre and could deliver a significant element of the additional retail floor space projected to be needed in the city over the next 15 years.

“These two developments, together with the newly refurbished Hull New Theatre and opening of the University Technical College, both in September, will breathe a whole new lease of life into this area of the city centre."

The plans also include the ambition to retain the 1963 Italian glass mosaic Three Ships mural by Alan Boyeson that has attracted much public support since the closure of BHS.

The councillor says that the creation of new retail units will create more jobs, increase footfall and be worth around £130m in total to Hull’s economy.

Cllr Mancey said: “The visuals released today show the ambition for this development and provide the platform to securing further private sector investment into this part of the city.

“However, this investment will be largely dependent on ensuring private sector confidence in the city centre continues and central to this is ensuring that the city centre remains the destination for all significant retail development."

“The Albion Square scheme alone would be worth around £130m to the local economy, providing much-needed jobs for local people, alongside regenerating an area of the city centre that has been neglected for many years.

"It would also help to further strengthen the retail and leisure offer of the city centre as whole, and in turn attract greater footfall and spend to the city centre.”

A report will go to the council’s cabinet in October to approve proposals for assembling the site and marketing the scheme to potential developer partners.

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