Two operators want to transform historic Park Street building into 35-bed Hull hotel
The former Hull College, School of Art, on the corner of Park Street and Londsborough Street (Image: Katie Pugh)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 16 May 2018
A major hotel operator is set to make a significant investment to bring a Hull building back to life.
Plans for a 35-bed hotel in Park Street, behind St Stephens Shopping Centre, have been given the go ahead by Hull City Council.
The Grade II-listed Hull School of Art building on the corner of Londesborough Street is being earmarked for the development which will also include eight apartments.
It’s hoped the proposed development would provide “significant economic benefits” to the city by bringing jobs to the area and offering a wider choice of accommodation to tourists.
The former Hull College, School of Art (Image: Katie Pugh)
However, property developer, Saleem Hakim, has revealed two hotel companies have expressed an interest in transforming the building.
He said: “We have a couple of operators lined up and we have yet to decide which one would be best.
“One wants to provide a really high class hotel and we are in talks. The investment would be in the region of £3.7m.
“The second operator wants to provide a three-star hotel to offer affordable accommodation in the city centre which is cheaper than the Hilton and nicer than Travelodge. The investment would probably be nearer £2m.
“But both would be really nice additions to the area and provide much-needed accommodation for Hull.
“There are also plans for a Chinese restaurant which would also serve English food."
The college building was erected in the mid-19th century and its transformation into a hotel would follow the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton and a number of smaller hotels in the last few years.
Cornmill Hotel, Holderness Road, east Hull
Mr Hakim is also the man behind the transformation of the Cornmill into a successful hotel and Italian restaurant, Osteria.
He said: “We have already spent around £20,000 stripping out the building. Nothing inside was suitable and could be kept.
“But the outside will remain and we are keen to keep the original features.
“The main building house the hotel rooms and the rear would be used to provide the serviced apartments.
“Once we have decided on the operator we expect work would start fairly soon with the main building first and then the apartments after.”