Inside the cool new K2 complex replacing run-down Kingston House

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 16 Feb 2018

The first offices and businesses in the K2 complex at the regenerated Kingston House site have now opened.

The Mail visited the £7 million renovation project in Bond Street, city centre, for a first look at the 13-storey former council building, which will also have 39 hotel apartments, 14 luxury flats, a gym, events space and shops.

The first tenants moved into the building this week, including Rise gym which has now opened to the public with a large outdoor workout space on its balcony.

Co-working space inside K2

The development includes impressive views from a 'sky garden', due for completion in April, being built on the top floor of the tallest commercial building in the city.

Developers TradePark Ltd purchased the building via NPS in August and work began on the site in September.

“We were officially given the keys on September 18," said Brian Freestone, communities director at Tradepark Ltd.

"There was a lot of work to get done but we already have offices in use so we’re really pleased with the speed of the project.

A communal coffee bar area

“The reception from businesses has been far greater than we could have expected. In terms of these office spaces, we are already at around 80 per cent occupancy and we’ve only just opened.

“In fact, the third floor was initially planned as storage space but the demand has been such that we are going use it to build more, smaller offices.

“We have open co-working space, with the café and chill out area as well. We are currently building the outside terrace next door as well, so we are creating a really inviting space for all sorts of workers to come.”

Hull graffiti artists Spray Creative and Pinky have also been involved in creating artwork for walls inside K2.

The revitalised exterior of Kingston House

The developers decided to alter initial plans for a 100-bed hotel, and have almost completed the construction of 39 apartments for holiday letting.

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Mr Freestone said: “Plans have changed regarding the hotel, and we’ve decided to have 39 luxury hotel apartments. They have become really popular recently and we think it will really work here. With the gym, Rise, and other facilities here it will all work well together.

“The cost went up to £7m. As we got underway with the project it was obvious that significant investment was needed.

The view from the 'sky garden' being developed on the roof

“We didn’t realise the demand would be this big when we started but it’s clearly a really popular area at the minute. There are also a lot of businesses that want to grow, that want new office space like this.”

On the south wing of the building will include 14 long-term let, serviced apartments, which are due for completion by the end of this month.

Scaffolding has now been completely removed from the former council building’s main tower with the previously neglected, blue panels stripped clean, making the exterior look completely different.

A communal area inside K2

Mr Freestone says the long-term apartments are due for completion by the end of the month, with other outstanding areas including the events space due to open fully in April.

He said: “We still have the final phases to complete on floors three, 10, 11 and 12.

"Work is continuing on the 12th floor which will be an event space, Icarus, with a kitchen and bar. It will fit 138 people seated, has these huge windows to give impressive views across the city.

The newly opened Rise gym inside the complex

“Above us is the Sky Garden, which unsurprisingly gives the best views. This space will be open to everyone using the building when it’s finished.

“It’s really positive across the area. Obviously the Albion Street development will be a massive plus for us when that gets underway, but there is also a lot of accommodation around here, for example down George Street, which will be positive for businesses moving here.”

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