Hull’s transformative multi-million pound Albion Square development will begin to take shape this month as demolition of the former BHS and Co-operative buildings gets under way.
Hertfordshire-headquartered Vinci Building will commence the £ 7.6 million site clearance ahead of a huge regeneration project that will include the creation of modern homes, retail and leisure units, office space and a “stunning” new urban park.
Cllr Daren Hale, leader of Hull City Council, said: “The Albion Square development is a key priority for our city. It is a vitally important site, in the heart of our city center, but it is in desperate need of regeneration.
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“I think with any project of this scale, it is when work begins on site and we start to see the transformation taking place that the ambition becomes a reality – so I can not wait to see work begin this month.
“Albion Square will play an important role in the ongoing regeneration of our city center, complimenting the millions of pounds of projects and investment we’ve already seen, whilst also encouraging and supporting new businesses and investment.
“This is one of the largest regeneration projects in the North and reflects the confidence in the city shown by investors such as Reckitt and Siemens.”
The Albion Square development is the catalyst for a wider package of city center regeneration works and is being supported as part of a £ 19.5m grant that the council has secured from HM Government’s Leveling Up Fund.
The project has also been supported with £ 2.5m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, which was secured by the Hull and East Yorkshire LEP as part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.
The demolition will take more than 18 months – 80 weeks – to complete. The careful and complex process includes the removal of asbestos present in the fabric of the buildings, as well as the safeguarding of three murals, which includes the Grade II listed Three Ships, that are being retained as part of the development.
Chris Winspear, Vinci Building’s regional director said: “This important development will transform the city center. Working in partnership with Hull City Council, we are delighted to commence this complex demolition contract as a significant first step towards realizing this ambitious project. ”
The Albion Square development in Hull city center will feature a mix of residential, office and retail space, as well as a large urban park.
The eco-friendly and environmentally responsible project will include solar panels, EV charging points and a bike hub where cyclists will be able to store bikes.
At the center of the site, a new urban woodland will reconnect communities with city center green space, allowing nature back into our urban areas through rewilding.
Hull’s iconic Three Ships Mural will remain and be incorporated into the new development, alongside two other murals, the Fish Mural and Sponge Mural, currently located on the upper floors of the former BHS Building.
Construction on the site is set to start in 2023. The project is due to be completed in 2026.
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