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Hull Landmark To Be Revamped In £1.7m Scheme
One of the most distinctive buildings in Hull’s Old Town district is set to be given a new lease of life as part of a £1.7 million scheme thanks to Hull City Council.
According to the Hull Daily Mail, the Grade II-listed building (built back in 1881) was last used as the council’s city record office but it has been lying vacant since 2010, when the archives were moved to the Hull History Centre.
The building itself was originally used as offices for a wine merchant operating out of an adjacent warehouse overlooking what was Queen’s Dock. And now it’s going full circle and will be used as offices once again, this time for the council’s social service department.
It’s expected that around 300 members of staff will be moved to the site from Brunswick House on Beverley Road, which is due to be sold off. The refurbishment of the beautiful red brick building will see new toilet facilities added, rewiring work completed, and a lift and new heating system installed.
As for Brunswick House, the council is hoping that some £1 million will be raised by its sale because of the potential for transforming it into a block of flats.
Councillor Daren Hale, deputy council leader, was quoted by the news source as saying: “We continue apace with our plans for a Guildhall campus, increasing efficiency by co-locating adult social care and children’s services near the Guildhall and ensuring our staff act as an additional critical mass of people based in the Old Town to aid regeneration and sustaining businesses.”
Hull’s Old Town itself is certainly a stunning quarter of the city where architecture is concerned. Period properties aplenty can be found here, from Georgian to Edwardian examples so it’s certainly worth a stroll around… and there are definitely worse places to work, that’s for sure!
It’s often described as a hidden treasure and it certainly is that, with a beautiful old cobbled high street and a huge number of museums where you can find out anything and everything. If you are lucky enough to be making use of an East Yorkshire scaffolding company like Burflex and working in this part of the city, make sure you do some exploring before the job comes to an end.
There are countless reminders of Hull’s colourful past in the Old Town, such as the Land of Green Ginger street and the renowned plotting parlour in Ye Olde White Hart, which is where it’s said the English Civil War was allegedly plotted!
You can also see the actual place where Charles I was refused entry to the city, or check out the George Hotel to see the smallest window in England.
And, of course, there are plenty of historic and real ale pubs around here so you’re not spoiled for choice at the end of the working day.