Jamie Oliver could be heading to Hull as part of a swanky new development
Artist's impression of the new development panned for King William House in Market Street, Hull
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Nov 2017
A huge new development in Old Town could see the likes of Jamie Oliver open up a restaurant in Hull.
Plans to breathe new life into the city centre by creating shops and restaurants in an empty office block have been given the go-ahead by Hull City Council planners.
KWH (Hull) Ltd will start work early next year to transform King William House in Market Place into several restaurants and leisure facilities, along with 30 high-end apartments.
KWH Ltd director Shaun Larvin, who was initially behind the Double Tree by Hilton hotel development, has confirmed he is talking to a number of national names.
He said: “We are speaking to the likes of Jamie Oliver's team and this is the kind of outfit we are looking at.
“There may be one or two shops, depending on who comes forward, but we are looking at bistros and restaurants to move in and these will be national brands.
“The apartments will all be one or two bedrooms with balconies and they will cater to the high end market and professionals.
“We are splitting the Argos building into two or three units and there will be four more underneath the apartments.”
The news Jamie Oliver could be coming to the city follows the announcements that Gino D’Acampo is opening a restaurant in Kingswood while Marco Pierre White will create a restaurant at the new Hilton hotel.
Mr Larvin believes the development could provide a huge lift to the area.
He said: “This development will be great for the area and this is a huge investment.
“The Minster is close by and the area has been redeveloped and this enhances it even further. We have been working closely with the council on this.”
Built it in 1975, King William House also includes the former Argos store and a 600-space multi-storey car park.
The development has been welcomed by Hull BID who hope it will offer more to visitors to the city centre.
City centre manager Kathryn Shillito previously said: “The news that the former King William House on Lowgate is to be converted into residential apartments is welcomed.
“We are seeing the numbers of residents increase, people who want city living in a vibrant environment who’ll be excited by all the activity happening on their doorstep especially in our City of Culture year.
“The four to six units provided at ground floor level for a mixture of retail and food and beverage which will enhance the Old Town and support demand from visitors, particularly those to the museums quarter and Hull Minster.”
Mr Larvin hopes the development will be completed before the end of 2018.
He said: “We will start work early next year and we will aim to have it all completed before Christmas 2018 if all goes well.
“I am massively excited by this scheme. With the Hilton hotel, not everyone could see what we were doing but look at it now.
“We really see the vision for King William House as well. This is will be superb for the city and we hope to really put our mark on the area.”