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Hull Office Building Set For Transformation
King William House, a 1970s office building located in Hull’s Old Town conservation area, is set to get an overhaul in the coming months after plans for its redevelopment were approved.
The £6 million scheme will see the current building turned into flats and retail units, complete with a modern new facade.
Hull City Council planning officials approved the proposals earlier this month, with the new look for the building designed by Leeds firm Brewster Bye Architects. It is The Broadley Group who will take the lead on the construction work, which is set to begin in June.
The work is set to take 43 weeks to complete. Once it’s finished, the scheme will have 30 one and two-bedroom apartments spread across the first, second and third floors of the building. On the ground floor there will be nine retail units available that front onto Market Street.
Managing director at Brewster Bye Architects Chris Austin explained that the new design of the building’s facade will use “high-quality materials and colour palettes”.
“The proposed large areas of glass will generate dynamic reflections of Hull Minster and transform this currently drab building to positively contribute to the street scene,” he added.
Scaffolders in Hull will no doubt soon be hard at work erecting the scaffolding required to carry out a renovation project such as this.
Ian Campbell, managing director at The Broadley Group, said that it’s time to breathe new life into this old 1970s office block, pointing out that it’s largely been empty for a number of years. The regeneration of the structure will give it a “new and sustainable use”, he explained.
Mr Campbell added that he’s confident it will become “another landmark building in this important part of the city” once all the work is completed.
This isn’t the only large-scale construction project getting underway in Hull at the moment. The Business Desk recently reported on work starting on a bespoke logistics warehouse for DHL at the Ozone Business Park.
A 36,408 sq ft depot is currently under construction on the final plot of land on the site, with the Horncastle Group responsible for the work. Once it’s completed, it will provide DHL with a warehouse as well as a two-storey office building.
Work on the structure has already started and it is expected to be completed by the end of August.
Ian Hodges, managing director of the Horncastle Group, told the news provider that commissioning the final build on the site was a “defining moment”.
“We have been working on the park for a number of years now and have attracted some fantastic companies, which is testament to the location and layout of the park and the development of Goole and Howden as a key employment hub in East Yorkshire,” he asserted.
One of the things that appealed to DHL about the site is the ease with which the motorway can be accessed from the park. Once the new warehouse has been completed, the firm will use this as their hub for deliveries to East Yorkshire and the surrounding areas.