Sneak peek around 45 stunning new homes in Hull city centre - and they even have their own cinema

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Feb 2018

A new city centre development is offering a taste of the high life to those lucky enough to set up home there.

Former 10-storey office block, Essex House, has been turned into 45 high-spec apartments with some unique features in an effort to bring “Kingston Upon Thames to Kingston Upon Hull”.

As well as offering views across the centre of Hull, residents will get access to a gym, gaming room and even their very own cinema.

The development, in Manor Street, off Alfred Geldar Street, also treats tenants to balconies, roof terraces and a concierge service.

The project is being carried out by Jason Coleman, managing director of Iguana Developments, who has ensured the apartments are furnished with all mod cons.

He said: “In the past many developers have seen Hull as deserving just cheap and cheerful, but we offer a 21st century London experience by including luxury facilities within each building, for people who appreciate quality and demand amenities that reflect their aspirational lifestyles.

The new flats are off Alfred Gelder Street

"I wanted to bring Kingston upon Thames to Kingston upon Hull.

“Each apartment has been fitted-out in designer luxury, fully furnished including LED TVs, top specification kitchens with built in wine coolers, microwaves and dishwashers, designer fully tiled bathrooms, app-controlled heating and the fastest fibre optic internet of any building in Hull direct to router.”

The project is one of three developments by Iguana Developments – they are also behind the redevelopment of the former Queens Gardens Police Station, which will be turned into new apartments and penthouses, as well as the refurbishment of Liberty House in Liberty Lane.

Residents have their own cinema

Thirty-five of the 45 apartments in Essex House have already been let within just eight weeks of being on the market, but Mr Coleman is making sure it is just the start.

He said: “We are creating one hundred and seventy apartments in Hull.

“This in-flux of people use local amenities, bars, shops and restaurants and along with the other private developments such as the Fruit Market, we’re bringing Hull’s Old Town back to life.”

Jason Coleman from Iguana Developments and Danny Gough from MyPad

The properties are being let by Hull company, MyPad. Danny Gough, their managing director, says he was shocked by the uptake.

“As soon as I saw the plans for HU1 at Essex House I knew there would be huge demand, but even I have been surprised by the take up.

"We put the first phase out to market in November, typically the most challenging time of year for lettings and were inundated with tenants wanting to move in immediately.”

There is also a gaming room

“We have an open event on Saturday 10 March, between 10am-3pm, for anyone who would like to have a look around, now that the final ten apartments have become available, prospective tenants need to be quick of the mark.”

You can register for the open day at Essex House by visiting or calling 01482 342445.

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