First picture reveals what site of Hull's old maternity hospital could look like very soon
The site has now been cleared ready for future development
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 22 Oct 2018
A new image has revealed what a “vibrant” new business park on the site of Hull’s old maternity hospital could look like if plans are approved.
The Kingston Parklands site, in Hedon Road, is being described as having the potential to become “a gateway into the city”, with huge business potential.
The site, close to Hull’s docks, was once home to the city’s maternity hospital, but since its demolition the land has been completely unused.
Plans have now been submitted to Hull City Council to build a new two-storey industrial unit on the site.
Stoneferry Marfleet Limited, the applicant, said: “We see the proposed site as one of the principal gateways to this area of the city.
“These proposals will upgrade a tired site and breathe new life back into the Hedon Road area of Hull.
“The scheme would provide a better quality environment for business to thrive, creating new job opportunities during construction and the longer term future.”
The Kingston Parklands site 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 there for more than 70 years.
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.
Plans have now been formally submitted for development of the business park, and the applicant recently revealed hopes for construction to start 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.”
An artist impression of what the unit could look like has also been revealed.
Hull councillors will now examine the application before making a decision on one of the city’s most exciting business sites.