Apartments with gym and cinema set for Hull’s Old Town

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Mar 2019

The landscape of Hull's Old Town is set to change dramatically after councillors backed plans for a striking new apartment block in Castle Street.

A contemporary-styled six-storey extension to the historic Burnett House has been given the go-ahead, despite concerns it could "overshadow" the nearby Hull Minster.

Designed by Hull-based Iguana Developments, the distinctive brick based building will consist of 30 one and two-bed apartments, along with a private gym, cinema and ground-floor car parking.

The brand new accommodation - also set to feature a rooftop terrace - will be erected on the site of the former Chequers Hotel on land that has sat vacant since the early 1970s.

It was approved by councillors in a meeting of the city council's planning committee on Wednesday, despite worries over its impact on Hull Minster.

The scheme by Burnett House

Speaking in objection of the proposals, local historian David Mirfin took issue with the height and width of the extension, saying it will obstruct views of Hull Minster from the south.

He described the plans as a "characterless block," adding that in his view the design is “crude, crass and hideous" and fails to enhance the appearance of the Old Town Conservation Area.

Read more: How and when you can have your say on Hull's £400m Castle Street plans

Meanwhile, councillors were also in disagreement over the scale of the proposed design.

Councillor Ruth Payne said: "It's far too big, the massing is overpowering. It should be more sympathetic to its surroundings."

Burnett House overlooking Castle Street in Hull (Image: Hull Daily Mail)

However, Councillor Shane McMurray said he liked the modern-looking design, adding that it would draw attention to the historic qualities of the Victorian-era Burnett House building next door.

The plans follow a contemporary design over five floors, with an additional sixth floor set back from the frontage. The ground floor will be used for car parking, with access off Vicars Lane.

Read more: New images and details released over Hull's £6m King William House development

According to the developer, the apartments will incorporate elements of “open plan living” and use a natural pallet of materials. Floors will be made of solid timber and doors will be made out of aluminium to create a Nordic theme.

It forms the second phase of the recently refurbished Burnett House, which recently underwent a major refurbishment by Hull City Council as part of a wider £2.1m programme to repair historic buildings in Hull's Old Town.

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