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Hull Regeneration Set To Continue Into 2020
Since being named as the European Capital of Culture in 2017, Hull city centre has been transformed.
Hull Live pointed to the construction of the colourful fountains in Queen Victoria Square, the mirror pools in Trinity Square and the development of King Edward Square as examples of how the city’s architecture is changing.
Other major projects to have taken place over the past three years include the refurbishment of Hull New Theatre, a project that cost £16 million, as well as the construction of a new Hilton hotel.
But there is plenty more planned for 2020 and beyond, with a number of high-profile construction projects set to help the city continue its evolution.
Daren Hale, Hull City Council deputy leader and portfolio holder for economic regeneration, told the news provider that continued investment in the city is key for its future growth and prosperity. One thing that’s changed considerably in recent years is the focus on creating more residential properties in the city centre.
Another big project that’s coming down the track is the Yorkshire Maritime City project. This will see “Queens Gardens revamped, the Maritime Museum refurbished and the transformation of the Northern Shipyard”, he explained.
Mr Hale went on to name a number of other projects that are taking shape in Hull, including work at the Paragon Exchange and Brook Street, the refurbishment of the splash boat in East Park and the aviary in Pickering Park.
“I think these are very exciting times for the whole city and we believe these schemes will ensure the city thrives,” he asserted.
The news provider went on to highlight some of the biggest construction projects that are due to be completed or progress in 2020.
At the top of the list is Castle Street Bridge, which is set to open to the public in 2020. This crossing is expected to be completed in the early stages of the year and will provide a much-needed link between Hull’s marina and the rest of the city centre.
It’s a project that’s being managed by Highways England and the £12 million bridge is part of a wider scheme from the organisation that’s costing £400 million and is designed to alleviate congestion on the A63.
Hull’s Fruit Market is another place that’s being transformed, with the new headquarters for Arco set to be housed in the development once it’s completed in 2020. As well as providing new office space for around 500 Arco staff, the site will also feature a new multi-storey car park that will benefit not only the business, but the wider Fruit Market area of the city.
The second stage of the C4Di project is also underway as we move into 2020, with this phase of work set to provide a new three-storey sister building for Hull’s Centre for Digital Innovation (C4Di).
However, Hull Live also revealed that one project in the city has hit a minor hiccup. Broadley Group, the company behind a £6 million redevelopment scheme for the King William House office block, has gone into liquidation.
While it had completed the work to convert the upper floors of the building into rented apartments, which have been leased, it had not yet completed the work on the commercial units on the ground floor.
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