Beverley firm Reviving Rank in Hull City of Culture

Published: Wednesday 10th June 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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The sound of a giant gong marked the completion of a unique renovation project, paying homage to the opening titles of Rank Film Corporation. The birthplace of British film maker J. Arthur Rank in Hull, re-opened its doors to provide affordable homes for local people as part of an Empty Homes Initiative.

As project managers, chartered building surveyors, Delaney Marling Partnership (DMP) advise not-for-profit company, Probe every step of the way, both prior to and during the refurbishment of the Rank house, a property which had become a blight on the local landscape. The house has been renovated into four multiple occupancy apartments and now represents regeneration, in preparation of the UK City of Culture 2017.

Simon Delaney from Delaney Marling Partnership says:

“Probe is a great organisation to work with. We help them to decide on the feasibility of each project, undertaking surveys and project manage from beginning to end.”

“The Rank House has been a wonderful project to work on, not just because of its cultural legacy, but also from a building perspective, the property has tested us at every stage, making it very interesting. The result is that a once derelict building has been brought back to life to be used as low-cost housing for local people. Any project that brings back a derelict building in Hull has huge value to the future of the City.”

“Mr Rank was born in Hull and his birthplace is part of a major project to regenerate Hull. We are working with Probe on its Empty Homes Programme to refurbish Hull’s void/derelict properties. As a team we also work with Hull College to provide vital skills and training to apprentices and students – so it’s a win/win for everyone.”

“We are delighted to have worked on the birthplace of J.Arthur Rank a man who achieved so much from Xerox machines, film and the charitable foundation.”

General manager of Probe, Steve Alltoft says:

“As UK City of Culture, Hull’s reputation as a place that inspires and welcomes film-makers and artists of all kinds will continue to grow, helping to regenerate the city and, like this project, creating jobs and opportunities for young people.”

“Refurbishing the Rank House has helped us to shine a light on the work we are doing and the partnerships between education and local businesses. The Rank House has really boosted our profile and is helping to promote our Empty Homes Programme which will continue as part of an ongoing initiative.”

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Pictured: Phil Jankinson from PJPS Construction, Kevin Marling and Simon Delaney from DMP and Dave Ettridge from Ettridge Architecture

Published: Wednesday 10th June 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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