Arco's Fruit Market move confirmed as £22m scheme approved

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Apr 2019

Plans for a new £22m development in Hull’s Fruit Market have been approved.

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.

Hull City Council has now given the green light to plans, in a move which will see Arco return its roots in the Fruit Market, more than 120 years after the business opened its first shop there in 1893.

The plans, brought forward by Wykeland Beal , also include 34 residential units and 3,000 sq ft of retail/leisure space.

Dominic Gibbons, managing director at Wykeland Group, speaking on behalf of Wykeland Beal, said: “We’re delighted this landmark scheme has gained planning consent.

An image of the new-look Arco headquarters near the Hull Tidal Barrier (Wykeland Beal)

“As well as securing Arco’s future in Hull in a showpiece new head office, this development paves the way for further investment in residential, retail and leisure space, all adding to our ‘live, work and play’ vision for the Fruit Market .

“The multi-storey car park will also be a vital asset, supporting Arco and its employees and the growth of the area as a magnet for business investment and visitors.

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“We will now continue to work in partnership with Arco to deliver a building that will provide a platform for success for many years to come, while also delivering another huge boost for the remarkable rejuvenation of the Fruit Market.”

The five-storey office building demonstrates Arco’s continued investment into the city and its support of the regeneration of the Fruit Market.

Hull's Fruit Market development

The move will also see Arco join its digital team, which is already based in the Fruit Market area.

The development, on a site between Blackfriargate and Humber Street currently used as a temporary car park, is the latest major element of the £80m transformation of the Fruit Market waterfront quarter into a thriving urban village.

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David Evison, managing director at Arco, said: “This planning permission signifies another chapter for Arco and our return to the Fruit Market.

“Although our Waverly Street office has served us well since 1961, our new head office will provide the room we need for continued growth and allow our colleagues to prosper and new talent to emerge.

Watch: A look at the new Arco distribution centre

“As many will know, we have a strong connection to Hull and we are dedicated to ensuring its success, which is why we are devoted to investing in its growth.”

Construction of the 55,000 sq ft head office building is due to begin this summer, with the aim of approximately 450 Arco staff moving in by the end of 2020.

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Building work will begin at the same time on the multi-storey car park, which will offer a mixture of contract and pay and display parking.

With the creation of a second National Distribution Centre (NDC) on Clive Sullivan Way and substantial investment in digital technologies, Arco is investing to ensure the long-term future of the business and maintain its base in Hull, providing continuity for its 900 colleagues who live in and around the city.

The latest Fruit Market investment will bring more than 500 office, retail and leisure jobs to the waterfront area.

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Councillor Daren Hale, Hull City Council portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration, said: “Arco moving its head office and 450 staff to the Fruit Market will be a significant boost to the area and all the fantastic businesses that operate there.

“The relocation is a major part in our long-term vision for the city centre, key to both the regeneration and investment that continues to take place in the Fruit Market, as well as the vital Castle Street works.

“Arco is a nationally recognised and respected company with its foundations firmly in Hull. We are delighted that this decision, alongside the construction underway at its distribution centre at Priory Park, shows that the company’s future is also in the city.”

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