Revamp plans for 10 buildings along Beverley Road revealed

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 26 Mar 2018

Work on a £2.7m facelift scheme to improve historic buildings on Hull's Beverley Road has taken a step closer.

A series of planning applications have now been submitted to transform the railings and boundary walls along a large section of the road.

Backed by Hull City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the initiative aims to repair properties along the route as well as restoring many original boundary walls and railings.

Under the scheme, grants are being offered to property owners to part-fund repairs and renovation.

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Called the Townscape Heritage Scheme, it was launched in May last year with the hope initial work could start within a few months but is has taken longer than expected.

However, the council has now submitted several applications as part of the scheme to carry out works at ten properties including Beverley Road Baths and the Stepney Station building.

In the design and access statement for each application the NPS Group, tasked with carrying out the work, said: “The aim of the Townscape Heritage Scheme is to work with property owners, local businesses and the local community to restore and conserve the heritage of Beverley Road, to make it a better place to live, work and visit and help local people research, celebrate and look after the important heritage of the area.

“The scheme, which covers the south end of Beverley Road Conservation Area, between Queens Road and Freetown Way, will deliver significant improvements within the Beverley Road Conservation Area.

“Within this overall context the proposals involve the repair and reinstatement of boundary treatments at a number of key historic properties along Beverley Road including improving current gaps and maintaining some of the original plot layouts which are characteristic of the southern part of the area in particular.”

Generic view of the Beverley Road in Hull which is receiving a £2.7m refurbishment (Image: Peter Harbour)

Beverley Road is of huge historical significance but the council concedes it has become run down over the last few years.

In the design and access statement, it says: "Beverley Road has been identified as a key priority regeneration area within the most recent City Plan as one of the oldest routes into the city and because of its strategic position as the principal gateway into the city from the north.

“Beverley Road is among Hull’s most historically significant areas, representing the city’s industrial transformation in the nineteenth century; the road developed rapidly during this era, forming one of the city’s first residential suburbs.

“Unfortunately, it has suffered economic decline in recent years resulting in a lack of investment in the area and an increased number of derelict or poorly maintained buildings.

Generic view of the Beverley Road in Hull which is receiving a £2.7m refurbishment (Image: Peter Harbour)

“The current City Plan recognised that the role of Beverley Road as a gateway to the city will become increasingly important as other major developments take place, including the current development work at Port of Hull, C4DI and major regeneration programmes across the city centre.”

A report regarding the scheme publish last summer, described it as "complicated" by the need to get property owners to sign up to allow funding to be released.

"This is proving to be slower than anyone anticipated but this is a five-year programme," the report said.

Brunswick Arcade, the disused Trafalgar Street church and two pubs, the Station and the Bull Inn, have been identified as priorities for refurbishment.

Brunswick Arcade in Beverley Road before new hoarding was installed earlier this year

Some public realm works have already taken place, including the installation of heritage lighting at the former Stepney railway station, tree planting and the removal of unnecessary street signs.

The applications are due to be considered at the end of April or beginning of May.

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