Plans for new Hull events venue and development of Beverley Gate approved

Published: Thursday 3rd March 2016 by KCFM

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Plans for a new music and events centre in Hull and the redevelopment of the city’s historic Beverley Gate have been given the go-ahead by councillors today.

Councillor Steven Bayes says: “The approval of this scheme is key to making Hull a top visitor destination and to securing a long-term legacy from our year as UK City of Culture.

“We will formally hand over the City of Culture title to another city in 2020, but this development will allow us to continue to attract events capable of delivering a big economic impact beyond that.

“Importantly, it will deliver a large number of long-term jobs for our local workforce and young people, which is part of the legacy that we want to deliver for Hull and the city.”

The council’s committed £36.2m towards the cost of building the complex on the site behind Princes Quay shopping centre and this investment will also modernise Osborne Street car park.

The aim is to provide an iconic landmark for visitors travelling to and through the city, as well as offering conference delegates and gig-goers spectacular views of Hull Marina.

Work will begin later this year, with the Venue scheduled to open in 2018 as part of the city’s legacy programme.

Approval of the redevelopment of Beverley Gate means plans are one step closer to work beginning. With its new Scheduled Monument status, an application will now be made to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in consultation with Historic England, to be assessed and approved.

Plans will see walls exposed and current access retained and improved.  Changes to the point of entry and a lighter solution to safety railings will create a more attractive space, where people can sit closer at a higher level.

Councillor Bayes added: “We always wanted to properly acknowledge the historical significance of Beverley Gate and to enhance its representation and public awareness.

“I believe these plans successfully do this and the end result will be something the city can be proud of”.

KCFM

Published: Thursday 3rd March 2016 by KCFM

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