How the building of Hull Venue has left its mark on the city

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Jun 2018

More than 40 jobs and 150 hours of apprenticeship work were created during the construction of Hull Venue.

When construction company BAM came on board with the project two years ago, plans had already been rejected for the initial design of the venue.

Fast forward to today, and Hull Venue is standing proud in the city, but the construction of the building has also left its mark.

BAM construction director Jason Pink (left) at the site of Hull Venue

Jason Pink, construction manager at BAM, said the project had created a brilliant opportunity for one 16-year-old apprentice.

“We had a guy working on the project with us called Declan Noble. He started out doing business administration, so putting documents into the filing system and things like that, but we spotted that he was a bright kid and he would do a lot more.

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“When he first started with us he did not really know what he wanted to do in life, but now he is looking at a career in planning or design management.

“We have an apprenticeship scheme, and will put him through college and university.”

The new £36m Hull Venue is almost ready to open

Mr Pink said six apprentices had worked on Hull Venue, putting in more than 150 hours of time.

A total of 44 jobs were created during the build, with regional businesses also supporting the project.

One of those was Driffield-based Pave-Away, who worked on the outdoor paving surrounding Hull Venue.

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Mr Pink said BAM were always keen to put something back into the region where they were working.

“We always have a lot of targets on a project like this, and we want to leave a positive legacy wherever we work.

“We have always liked working in Hull. It has a good supply chain and we have always had good relationships with the council and other businesses.

Hull Venue is ready after 18 months of construction

“I was involved in the construction of St Stephen’s for the final year of that, but we have no more work coming up in the city at the moment.”

Hull Venue gave visitors a sneak peek inside the new building on Wednesday morning, ahead of it officially opening its doors.

The £36m venue has been five years in the making, and the construction process has spanned 18 months.

It was funded by Hull City Council as part of its £250m City of Culture legacy plan to invest in arts.

The box office at Hull Venue

“I think the design of the Venue is really interesting, as it is not just your square box,” Mr Pink said.

“Every building we do is unique in its own way, but this one has been really interesting to work on.

“We like to think the construction process has also had an impact on Hull.”

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