Plans for new £22m Arco development in Hull's Fruit Market revealed
An image of the new-look Arco headquarters near the Hull Tidal Barrier (Image: Wykeland Beal)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Feb 2019
Plans have been submitted for a new £22m development in Hull's Fruit Market which is expected to move 500 jobs to the area.
The scheme includes a new state-of-the-art headquarters for Hull-based safety firm Arco and a 350-space multi-story car park on land between Blackfriargate and Humber Street, close to Myton Bridge and the Tidal Barrier.
It also features 28 residential units and a number of small shop and leisure outlets fronting Queen Street and Humber Street
Arco is moving from its current HQ in Waverley Street as that site is being earmarked to be used as the main works compound for the looming Castle Street improvement scheme.
Subject to securing planning approval, the new development will mark a return to the Fruit Market for the company which opened its original shop in Queen Street in 1893.
If given the go-ahead, construction work will start on the site later this year with the new HQ scheduled to open in 2020.
The proposed new headquarters for Arco at Hull's Fruit Market with a new 350-space car park shown behind(Image: Wykeland Beal)
The new plans have been submitted by Wykeland Beal, the joint venture company working with Hull City Council to rejuvenate the Fruit Market area.
Wykeland Group managing director Dominic Gibbons, speaking on behalf of Wykeland Beal, said: "We have been delighted to work closely with such an important Hull business to bring these proposals to the planning stage.
"These plans are hugely significant as they will secure the future of one of Hull’s leading privately-owned businesses within the city.
"As well as creating a state-of-the-art new home for Arco, this investment will be a major boost for the growing community of businesses in the revitalised Fruit Market area.
Dominic Gibbons, managing director at Wykeland Group (Image: Meehan Media & Comms)
"The multi-storey car park is also much needed to support Arco and serve the ever-growing number of businesses in the Fruit Market and visitors to the area."
Arco managing director David Evison said: "Arco opened its first shop in the Fruit Market in 1893 and we are delighted to be supporting the regeneration of Hull’s waterfront area with the relocation of our offices back to our original site.
"Not only are we committed to providing our colleagues with a 21st century workplace, but we continue to invest in Hull and are proud to play a part in the future vision for the Fruit Market."
Arco employs around 900 people in Hull
Employing 900 people in Hull, the company already has a presence in the Fruit Market with its digital team based at the C4Di complex.
Mr Evison said: "Our Waverley Street office has served Arco well for almost 60 years and seen our business be at the forefront of keeping our customers and colleagues safe at work.
"To support the continued growth of our business it is important that we have an office that meets these needs, an environment that allows our colleagues to thrive and attracts new talent into the company.
"Hull has always been and will continue to be our home which means we are dedicated to investing in its continued growth.”
Councillor Daren Hale, Hull City Council portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration, said: "Arco moving its headquarters and 500 staff to the Fruit Market will be a significant boost to the area and all the fantastic businesses that operate there.
"The relocation is a major part in our long-term vision for the city centre, key to both the regeneration and investment that continues to take place on the Fruit Market, as well as the vital A63 works.
"Arco is a nationally recognised and respected company with its foundations firmly in Hull. We are delighted that, with a commitment like this, it is showing that its future is also in the city and it hopefully sends out a very positive message that Hull is a place to invest in."