Exciting plans revealed for site of Hull's old maternity hospital
Hull's old maternity hospital, pictured before its demolition
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Jul 2018
The site of Hull's old maternity hospital could soon become a major new business park in the city.
The Kingston Parklands site, in Hedon Road, was previously dubbed as the city's "next big business opportunity," but despite a push for companies to commit to the space in 2016, plans never came to fruition.
The land will hold strong memories for generations of people in Hull, as the maternity hospital saw babies born for more than 70 years.
Plans are expected to be submitted to Hull City Council soon for the business park, opposite Siemens Gamesa and close to the Port of Hull.
It is hoped planning approval for the new park will be secured in time to start building in spring 2019.
Tom Healey, director of developer Stoneferry Estates, said: “There is a critical lack of large scale premises in the city suitable for warehousing and distribution facilities at present, and given the many growing companies who are crying out for these kinds of facilities we need to act.
“Businesses don’t have time to wait around for facilities to be built for them, and we have seen too often in the past how companies have to take opportunities as they arrive.
“If the space isn’t in Hull they have to look elsewhere. We don’t want successful firms heading down the M18 to Doncaster or the M62 to Leeds.”
Mr Healey said the initial investment of Stoneferry Estates will be somewhere in the region of £2m.
The old maternity hospital closed its doors in 2003, and has since been bulldozed as the site was cleared for new development.
Opened in 1929, the closure of the old hospital was the end of an era in Hull.
Now though, an exciting new use for the site which has lay empty for years could be on the horizon.
“Let’s give companies what they need here. Kingston Parklands is perfectly positioned by the docks and so is ideal for any Hull companies trading into Europe, and perhaps even European companies looking for a new base in the UK," Mr Healey said.
“Large-scale industrial units may not be as appealing as fancy new office developments, but they are just as important to a city’s economy.
“All of our other industrial unit sites are 100 per cent let, which shows the demand, and we are repeatedly being asked about the larger scale premises, of which we don’t have availability,” Mr Healey said.
Kingston Parklands was marketed a number of years ago to potential European renewable energy firms, however, those plans relied on an anchor tenant being found before development started.