New £130m Development To Come To Hull?

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New £130m Development To Come To Hull?

New £130m Development To Come To Hull?

Hull Council has submitted plans to develop one of the biggest sites in the city since post-war reconstruction took place, with £130 million set aside for the development – which could include a new ice arena in the city centre.

The project has the potential to boost the local economy by over £40 million a year, with Albion Square seeing the empty Edwin Davis and BHS/Co-op buildings being knocked down and almost 182,000 sq/ft of retail space created, as well as over 600 car parking spaces and 278 homes, the Yorkshire Post reports.

However, the development has proven to be a little contentious, with concerns raised over the future of the landmark 1963 Three Ships mosaic panel, which overlooks the Jameson Street and King Edward Street junction. A petition signed by thousands was circulated to help save the mural, which is thought to be the biggest of its kind to be found in the UK.

The planning proposal states that it is the preferred option to keep the mosaic, because more investigations must be carried out, including some for asbestos. As such, other options for the mural may be looked into, including replacing it with a new work or replicating it in modern materials.

Steve Brady, council leader, was quoted by the news source as saying: “This is a long-awaited chance to transform an area which has been a particular concern to residents for a number of years. The amount of money it will bring in will make it affordable.

“We expect the private sector to be putting substantially more in than the local council – all we are doing is being an enabler for the site. The Ice Arena has a short lifespan left. Otherwise you would have to put vast amounts of money into keeping the present one going.”

It’s thought that the plans will create 539 full-time jobs, as well as bringing over 600 people to live in Hull city centre. And the new Ice Arena welcomes 145,000 visitors each and every year, so valuable new footfall will likely be seen.

Of course, this isn’t the only project going on in Hull at the moment. According to the Hull Daily Mail, the former Garden Village shopping centre in east Hull – built way back in 1909 – is set to be brought back to life thanks to a range of modern building methods.

The shops and library are now flats but parts of the brickwork on the outside of the 18-home complex have been weathered so badly that some can’t be lived in because of damp issues. Councillors have now approved plans for these exposed sections to be covered up with brick-effect render.

It’s thought that this is the first time that modern rendering has been permitted for use on a listed building in one of the conservation areas in Hull.

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