The future is looking bright for Hull

Published: Wednesday 3rd January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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There are some extremely inspiring changes going on in Hull right now.

We caught up with Georgia Allenby of Allenby Commercial to chat about their new projects.

Can you tell us a bit more about some of your exciting developments?

We are currently working on various city centre sites, such as the redevelopment of well-known Blundell’s Corner on Beverley Road. The site has been rebranded into Grade A modern office spaces, WORX, and remains home to the Hull Daily Mail, which occupies the first floor. There will be a range of spaces available in all sizes from 1,000 to 30,00 square feet.

Meanwhile, the Danish Building on the High Street is being transformed into a trendy studio and office space for creative businesses in the city. We’re very excited to commission Hull-born artist Modes of Expression to paint a mural on the side of the building. We’re hoping a variety of businesses will make use of the 250 to 500 square foot rooms.

Our newest acquirement is Paragon Arcade. Allenby Commercial purchased the shopping spot in Autumn 2017 and we have already begun work to make the empty units usable and bring them into the spotlight. Our aim is to make the arcade the go-to destination for quirky, independent shopping in the city. Some of the existing tenants include Two Gingers coffee house, Magpie’s Den, Segal’s Jewellers, Sugar N Spice bakery, Flower Corner florists, P.J. Hutchinson barbershop and Treat Box sweet shop.

Sounds fabulous. And of course, you launched Hideout Hotel in July 2017. How are things going with that?

Since opening, we have welcomed over 1,000 guests through our doors. Hideout is special because we locally source the majority of the interior furnishings. Our guests have found this really interesting and said that it helps to give a sense of what Hull is all about.

For example, our bespoke sofas and headboards are manufactured less than two miles away by The Chaise Longue Co. The bedside tables, mug coasters and first floor corridor ceiling was created by Blok CNC. Even the paper and card used in the welcome folders is produced by G.F. Smith.

We also display local artwork and photography throughout the hotel. All of which are for sale, with 100% of the profit going straight back to the artist or chosen charity.

How do you redevelop and bring a property to life?

Once we have acquired a site or building, we will have numerous internal meetings with architects to discuss our overall aim for the project. From this, we work out the finer details, such as space planning, branding, internal and external designs and our marketing approach.

As previously mentioned, we love to use local suppliers and materials as much as possible. Unlike other landlords and developers, we have a team of in-house builders, so we are able to quickly and cost-effectively change and adapt to specifically suit our clients’ needs. This is what allows us to develop and finish our properties to a very high standard.

Have you got any exciting plans for 2018?

What I will say is that every day is exciting here, but you can keep up to date with what we’re working on by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Published: Wednesday 3rd January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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