Why this Hull street is officially the best in Britain

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Nov 2017

Hull's hippest street is now officially one of the UK's trendiest thoroughfares.

Eight years ago Humber Street was full of rotting empty fruit market warehouses and facing an uncertain future.

Today it's ripe with bars, restaurants, boutique shops and art galleries.

That transformation has now been officially recognised after it picked up a top accolade at this week's Academy of Urbanism's annual awards, winning The Great Street category.

Humber Street over the years (Image: Hull Daily Mail)

Humber Street was shortlisted in April this year and a team of experts from the academy visited the city in September.

Previous winners have included Hope Street in Liverpool, Marylebone High Street in London and Buchanan Street in Glasgow.

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David Rudlin, chairman of the Academy of Urbanism awards, said: "The recession brought misery to many places but some used it to their advantage by scaling back plans to a more local level.

"Humber Street Fruit Market did just that by cultivating local creative industries to kick-start the rejuvenation of this whole area, emanating from Humber Street.

Staff at Mousey Browns hair salon in Humber Street

"The city council, local businesses and developers have all worked together to produce a very impressive, vibrant street."

Judges said they were impressed by the way many of the old warehouses had been adapted for new use, nearby developments such as the Stage@The Dock amphitheatre and the C4Di building for tech start-up firms and the securing of government funding to help upgrade flood defences.

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Representatives from Hull City Council and developers Wykeland Beal, who have worked together on the facelift project, attended the ceremony in London to pick up the award.

One of the performers at this year's Humber Street Sesh

Councllor Martin Mancey, cabinet member for regeneration, said: "Humber Street is a vibrant and thoughtful refurbishment, with many commercial and social benefits and it’s fantastic to see that this has been recognised.

"The street has formed a core part of the City of Culture 2017’s success, and it is yet another example of the council and our partners delivering on our City Plan objectives."

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Dominic Gibbons, managing director of regeneration company Wykeland Group, speaking on behalf of the Wykeland Beal joint venture, said: "This award is a tremendous recognition of the exciting progress that has been made in making Humber Street the heart of the new Fruit Market urban village.

"It is also a tribute to the power of the public and private sectors working in true partnership.

"The strategic and sympathetic approach we have taken to the rejuvenation of the Fruit Market can become a template for successful urban renewal." 

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