Tivoli House in Paragon Street set for development as exciting new plans revealed

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Apr 2018

Plans have been submitted to transform a Hull city centre former office block into 58 new flats.

Tivoli House in Paragon Street, which once housed Hull City Council officers, has been empty for more than 10 years.

But now the building could be due for a new lease of life after plans were submitted to transform the building, which was also the site of a former theatre, into apartments.

DLP Planning, on behalf of Empire Property Concepts Ltd, has submitted the proposal to the council.

A prior notification application has been submitted to the local authority to confirm whether or not approval is needed for the change of use of the building.

Plans were approved in 2015 to turn it into 30 new flats, but the property was later put on the market by Hull agency Garness Jones with a guide price of £1.5m.

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The five-storey building currently comprises of retail space on the ground floor, with four upper floors of office space, already primed to become new flats.

There are three tenants on the groundfloor, including bakery Cooplands which occupies two units aswell as a café at the site.

Alongside the bakery, the 37,400sq ft building also houses a barbershop, discount retail store and a vacant unit on the ground floor level.

Tivoli House, Paragon Street (Image: Katie Pugh)

The new proposal is for the conversion of the upper floors into 58 apartments. A separate application has also been submitted for the replacement of the building’s windows.

A letter to the council planning services says: “The development proposal is for a change of use of the upper floors of Tivoli House from B1 Office Use to 58 residential flats.

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“The application site is located within Hull city centre, and is immediately surrounded by a wide variety of shops, services and public transport infrastructure.

“Tivoli House is a five-storey 1960’s concrete framed and curtain walled property. The current façade is presently outdated and in poor condition.

"The building possesses retail units to the ground floor and vacant office units across the remaining four floors.”

The property is the latest in the city centre earmarked for a new lease of life as residential accommodation.

The old Tivoli theatre on Paragon Street

Another local government site Kingston House is being developed into a living and office complex, now known as the K2 building, while the former police station near Queens Gardens is currently undergoing development work to transform it into 89 new apartments.

The property was built in the 1960s on the site of the old Tivoli Theatre, which was demolished in 1959 after originally opening in 1912.

The theatre closed five years after acclaimed drag actor, Arthur Lucan, known for his Old Mother Riley stage act, died at the wings of the stage after suffering from a heart attack. He is now buried in Hull’s Eastern Cemetery.

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