Transformation of Hull city centre office block into restaurants and shops takes step closer

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Aug 2017

Plans to breathe new life into a city centre street by creating shops and restaurants in an empty office block have taken a step closer.

Earlier this year, proposals were revealed in a marketing brochure published by estate agents Garness Jones and property firm NPS to transform King William House in Market Place.

Now a planning application has been submitted to turn the ground floor of from empty offices to retail.

There are also proposals to turn the upper floor into apartments with a rooftop terrace as KWH (Hull) Ltd looks to transform the 1970s building.

View of King William House, Market Place, Hull

In the planning statement the applicant says: “The proposed development will bring an empty floor of a high profile building back into use.

“It will also bring a lot of footfall to the area and increase the vitality of the city centre in this location.”

The applicant also feels it will enhance the look of the area.

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In the planning statement it says: “These plans will introduce an active frontage to Market Place whereby at present a blank face greets visitors and residents to the city.”

Built in 1975, King William House also includes an Argos store and a 600-space multi-storey car park.

The building of King William House in Market Street, Hull, taken in February 1975

Four large ground-floor units will be turned into bars, restaurants or shops. A planning application seeking permission to change the use of offices on the upper floors to 30 one and two-bedroom flats has already submitted to Hull City Council.

The development has been welcomed by Hull BID who hope it will offer more to visitors to the city centre.

City centre manager Kathryn Shillito said: “The news that the former King William House on Lowgate is to be converted into residential apartments is welcomed.

Generic view of King William House, Market Place, Hull

“We are seeing the numbers of residents increase, people who want city living in a vibrant environment who’ll be excited by all the activity happening on their doorstep especially in our City of Culture year.

“We understand around four to six units will be provided at ground floor level for a mixture of retail and food and beverage, which will enhance the Old Town and support demand from visitors, particularly those to the museums quarter and Hull Minster.”

The application for the new retail units will be considered by Hull City Council’s planning committee next month.

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