This is when the Edwin Davis, Co-op and BHS buildings will be knocked down

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Jun 2018

The date for demolition work to start at the site of the proposed £130m Albion Square development in the city centre has been revealed.

A new report for city councillors says clearing the site is expected to start in September once the process of appointing a lead contractor is completed.

The work will include demolishing the derelict former Edwin Davis department store fronting Bond Street, together with the adjacent former Co-op and BHS stores in Jameson Street.

An outline planning application supporting the demolition work and setting out indicative designs for the proposed new mixed-used development is likely to be submitted in the next few weeks.

A concept image of what the Albion Square development could look like.

An initial pre-application meeting with planning councillors and officers was held in April.

New retail and leisure units are envisaged for the scheme as well as high-rise apartments, a multi-storey car park and a new ice rink.

The council-owned development site will also include the current Albion Street car park.

The report for this week's riverside area committee says: "Cabinet approval has been obtained for progression of lead developer partner procurement, site assembly and demolition/remediation works.

A concept image of the proposed Albion Square ice rink

"Soft market testing for a developer partner is ongoing ahead of formally approaching the market."

The planning application should make it clearer how the city council intends to retain the iconic Three Ships mosaic on the front of the former BHS store.

Campaigners are fighting to ensure the huge 1960s artwork is saved.

Alan Boyson's Three Ships mosaic in all its glory

After Hull Live revealed the mosaic was absent from one of the design options under consideration last month the council said: "The chosen design will have the mural in pride of place fronting King Edward Square."

Hulls £130m Albion Square WILL keep iconic Three Ships mosaic

In a further tweet, the council said: "The viability of all options will be considered as part of the planning process and will evolve in response to consultation and market interest.

How Albion Square could look

"We are looking at a number of design options for Albion Square that will meet the needs of potential investors. All designs include the retention of the Alan Boyson mural on the site."

The committee report says asbestos surveys of the empty buildings are due to be completed by the end of this month with the aim of removing any hazardous material by the end of the year.

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