Five teams in running to design Hull's futuristic flood-proof waterfront housing scheme

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 May 2019

A five-strong shortlist of top architects has been drawn up to design one the the UK's first large-scale flood-proof housing schemes in Hull.

The new residential scheme is earmarked for two neighbouring sites at Humber Quays and Kingston Street, the current home of the Hull Arena ice skating complex.

Both have been earmarked for housing development involving apartments and modern terraced properties.

The new homes will eventually be designed by the winner of an international competition run by Hull City Council in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects aimed at incorporating the latest flood-resilient features.

Forming part of Hull's Living With Water initiative, the competition was launched earlier this year and now final five submissions have been shortlisted.

The Hull Arena site in Kingston Street (Image: Living With Water)

Finalists include Preston bus station renovation architect John Puttick Associates, new Newcastle-based practice Harper Perry Architects and Condy Lofthouse Architects of Liverpool.

A collaboration between AR Urbanism and Greysmith Associates and a joint entry by Italian-born architects Alessandra Covino of BDP and Salvatore Catapano from London’s CBO Architects complete the shortlist.

The five teams will each receive £4,000 to further develop their proposals and present to a judging panel later this month.

Read more: Flood-resilient homes to be built in Hull as part of an international design competition

Images of their original concept submissions have yet to be revealed.

Alex Codd, Hull City Council’s assistant director economic development and regeneration, said: "The interest and response to the design competition has been really positive and we are really impressed with the calibre of design standard.

"The competition is helping us move further forward in terms of raising the design quality of housing and responding to the need for water resilient communities through design approaches that embrace the principles of the Living with Water initiative.

"We are  looking forward to the next stage of the competition and confirming the best design proposal for this key site."

An overall winner is due to be announced at the end of May.

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