Legendary Earl de Grey pub could be re-built as part of major new hotel in Hull city centre

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 29 Mar 2018

Hull's legendary Earl De Grey pub could be incorporated into a new upmarket hotel.

Last week it was revealed the Grade II listed building is expected to be demolished but then re-built as part of the long-awaited Castle Street improvement scheme.

Now it has emerged it could form part of a brand new "upscale" hotel complex being proposed next to the new £36m Hull Venue.

The 3,500-capacity live music and entertainment arena is due to open later this summer.

A new city council report suggests the empty pub, which closed in 2005, together with a neighbouring long-derelict office called Castle Buildings, could be incorporated into the design of the new hotel.

It says: "Two Listed Buildings currently occupy the site, the Castle Buildings and the former Earl de Grey public house.

"In order to address concerns the city planning manager and heritage bodies may have with the future of these buildings, a relevant planning permission is needed showing how they can be incorporated into the new hotel complex.

READ MORE: Iconic Earl De Grey pub to be demolished and moved as part of A63 Castle Street upgrade

"The Earl de Grey public house, in particular, will be impacted upon by the proposed A63 works, and planning permission will therefore be needed this year to support the Development Consent Order (DCO) for the A63.

"The decision will ensure that the city is in the best possible place to support the delivery of the A63 by securing a planning permission that confirms how the listed structures on the site can, and should, be retained within a new built form."

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The report, which is part of a decision record, is seeking delegated approval to start testing the commercial market for potential investors, developers and operators for the proposed hotel.

An alternative option would be for the council to deliver the hotel working with the Hull-based Esteem development consortium which built several of Hull's new-look secondary schools and recently completed a major facelift of the New Theatre.

It says: "Whilst the city’s hotel offer has been much improved through the delivery of the new Hilton Double Tree on Ferensway, the wider hotel stock remains weak compared to other cities.

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"A dedicated upscale service hotel will improve Hull’s offer as a visitor destination by increasing the number of rooms on offer and the quality of accommodation, and allow The Venue, and thus the city, to actively compete in the larger multi-day national and international conferencing and events market."

Under the proposals, a current option agreement on the site is expected to be extended until October to allow the approval of planning permission covering the future of the two listing buildings and the new hotel.

Deputy council leader Councillor Daren Hale. (Image: Peter Harbour)

The report says the council is looking at jointly progressing the planning application with Castle Buildings LLP, a recently-formed partnership between Princes Quay and the Wykeland.

"The decision will ensure that the City is in the best possible place to support the delivery of the A63 by securing a planning permission that confirms how the Listed structures on the site can, and should, be retained within a new built form."

As part of the report, the council's deputy leader Councillor Daren Hale says: "I fully support this option to retain the ongoing discussion about delivering the hotel as part of the Venue hinterland going forward.

"This hotel remains a much-needed facility to fully unlock the city's conferencing potential."

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