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

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Mar 2019

Over 40 concept plans have so far been submitted for a purpose-built flood-resilient housing development in Hull.

Billed as one of the first of its kind in the UK, the scheme is earmarked for two potential waterfront sites.

Architects from around the world have been challenged to submit initial ideas for the new homes in a competition.

Two locations have been identified - at Humber Quays near Hull Marina and the current Hull Arena site in Kingston Street.

The winning design entry will eventually be turned into reality in the shape of single person and family homes equipped with features ranging from rainwater harvesting to surface water storage.

Under the rules, architects have been asked to submit "innovative designs to deal with flood risk" while "meeting and exceeding Hull's ambition for quality new homes."

Land at Humber Quays (Image: Living With Water)

The entry invitation adds: "The ambition is to create a unique and distinctive urban neighbourhood that balances the amount of public space with achieving the development potential of the site. "

The competition is being organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects on behalf of Hull City Council.

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 It forms part of wider flood resilience work being spearheaded by a partnership which includes the city council, East Riding Council, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency called Living With Water.

Hull City Council’s deputy leader Daren Hale, who is also cabinet member for cabinet member for economic investment and regeneration, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for local, national and international design teams to develop a brief that complements the extensive work and investment that has taken place so far to make Hull a flood-resilient city.

"Preparation is critical for our city and the team working across the Living with Water partnership have brought together a wealth of expertise to the forefront of climate-change discussions that will not only help to shape our plans for future developments but also impact the city’s position in terms of a becoming a resilient economic driver for the region.

"In order to achieve this, investment in planning and architecture is key, and can make all the difference."

Scrutiny councillors heard this week that over 40 initial entries had already been received.

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

The deadline for concept plans is March 27 and a shortlist is expected to be confirmed on April 22.

At that stage, five shortlisted teams will each receive £4,000 to further develop their proposals in the contest’s second round.

A final winning scheme is currently scheduled to be announced in late May next year.

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Both sites are allocated for new housing under the council's long-term planing polices.

Humber Quays sits between Hull Marina and the entrance to Albert Dock and overlooks the Humber.

Humber Quays was formerly the site of a small wharf built outside the main Albert Dock for shipping activities of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway.

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

A planning application for the development of 88 dwellings was refused in 2013 and the site, which also borders Wellington Street West,  is currently vacant.

The nearby Hull Arena site is facing potential change when the current ice skating rink closes under plans to build a new facility at the council's £130m Albion Square development in the city centre.

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