Top design firms recruited to steer Hull's exciting maritime heritage facelift

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Aug 2018

Two world-class design firms have been appointed to turn a new £29.4m maritime heritage project in Hull into reality.

The ambitious five-year project includes renovating and moving the Arctic Corsair trawler to a dry dock new visitor attraction in the Old Town, refurbishing the Maritime Museum in the city centre and carrying out facelift work to the Spurn Lightship.

Queens Gardens will also be upgraded as part of the scheme.

Funding confirmed for huge £27.5m maritime heritage project in Hull

First phase funding worth £1.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund was secured last year by Hull City Council to develop initial ideas for the project.

Now the council has appointed two specialist companies to lead on detailed design and planning work to qualify for the full £15m Lottery grant and then oversee the project's delivery.

Read more: Hull council to spend £3m on consultants to help steer city's huge maritime heritage project

Due to start on site in the summer of 2019, the rest of the funding will be met by the council.

Architectural practice Purcell will bring a multi-skilled team to Hull, including specialist designers, conservation experts, engineers and surveyors.

The Maritime Museum during 2017's opening Made in Hull show

The practice is currently overseeing a 10-year refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster in London and has won heritage awards for previous restoration work at St Paul's Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace and Oxford University's Museum of Natural History.

Under a separate contract, exhibition design firm Haley Sharpe Design will take on responsibility for how the project's different elements will eventually look.

The Arctic Corsair

The company's previous credits include Canada's National Music Centre and the new Postal Museum and Mail Rail attraction in London, which was recently shortlisted along with the Ferens Art Gallery for the prestigious Museum of the Year title.

Both firms were chosen after a tendering process. The combined value of the two contracts is just over £1.9m.

READ MORE: Funding confirmed for huge £27.5m maritime heritage project in Hull

Deputy city council leader Daren Hale said: "We had a great response from a very strong field and this is a key milestone for this incredibly unique and exciting development and the ongoing regeneration of Hull.

"Specialist expertise in heritage, naval architecture and exhibition design will support communities to celebrate their social and industrial history and will shape the design and planning for this extremely complex project, which will transform and secure the city’s rich maritime history for generations to come.

Deputy council leader Councillor Daren Hale (Image: Peter Harbour)

"This investment is also part of our long-term plans to develop our cultural offer further, improve our economy and secure lasting benefits for the people of Hull and the wider region.

"We are really looking forward to the support of such a world-class group of experts in order to make Hull, Yorkshire’s Maritime City, a reality.

"Their strong track record of delivering high-profile projects brings confidence that they will help us make this project as exciting as it is challenging."

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