Hull city centre to get 2,500 new homes by 2019 - and this is where they will be
The former Queens Gardens divisional police headquarters being converted into apartments
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 1 Jan 2018
A decade on from the global financial crash, city centre living is making a comeback in Hull.
The 2008 crisis effectively killed off three proposed high-profile residential schemes in the city centre.
The £65m Boom scheme on the east bank of the River Hull, a £100m mixed-use re-development of the Fruit Market and the £25m high-rise Trinity Quays project in High Street all failed to get off the drawing board as investor confidence plummeted.
Now a number of new residential developments taking shape in the city centre suggest an upturn in its fortunes.
The former Queens Gardens police station has been gutted ahead of being converted into 94 new one, two and three-bed apartments together with a basement gym and private cinema. The first apartments are expected to ready in late 2019.
At the Fruit Market, construction is expected to start early in the New Year on just over 100 new homes to form part of an urban village near the Marina.
Every major development coming to Hull in 2018
In Bond Street, the conversion of the former Kingston House multi-storey office block will include 14 luxury apartments and a new hotel.
And the proposed Albion Square mixed-use scheme across the road could see up to 100 new apartments being built above new shops, restaurants and a first-floor ice rink.
Mark Jones, the city council's regeneration director, said 2,500 new homes were expected to be built in the city centre during the next 15 years under the authority's recently-adopted Local Plan, which maps out future land use across the city.
Some of the proposed new homes at the Fruit Market in Hull city centre
"As a council, we have made the city centre a priority in terms of attracting new investment and improving the residential offer is key to that.
"There has been a shift from retail towards living space and leisure in the city centre in recent years and it's important for investors to see the council is delivering on its rhetoric.
"We've got a plan, a strategy for the city centre and we can deliver."
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Jon Pywell, the council's culture manager, said while Hull was still catching up with other large cities, a renewed focus on city centre living underlined the positive impact of the recently public realm facelift as well as the feel good factor generated by the City of Culture.
"All city centres are changing. They are no longer simply there for shopping as they were a few years ago.
"More people want to live in the city centre because it's becoming an exciting, vibrant and desirable place to be."
Kingston House in Bond Street is being converted into apartments, new offices and a hotel
Alex Codd, the council's planing manager, said the prospect of living above shops and restaurants at Albion Square was unlikely to put people off.
"Its perhaps something we're not used too compared to places like Leeds.
"As part of the Local Plan, we have identified a number of sites in the city centre as suitable for housing specifically taking into account of surrounding uses."