Kingston upon Hull City Council has appointed a team of consultants to conduct a study that will lead to a transformation of the city’s historic Old Town fruit market.
The project is the final part of a massive regeneration programme of Hull’s waterfront, in an initiative which began in the late 1980s.
An £87 000 grant from the Government’s Single Regeneration Budget has been allocated for the survey, which is due to take six months to complete. It will end with the presentation of a masterplan detailing a range of development options. Design groups will be appointed at this point.
According to councillor Jim Mulgrove, city council cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration and sustainability: “This is the first important step towards revitalising one of the last untouched areas of the city’s waterfront.
“With [tourist attraction] The Deep now under construction and negotiations to select a preferred developer on nearby Island Wharf well advanced, the area offers a unique and exciting opportunity to create a vibrant new quarter.
“It will be another landmark development that will move Hull towards its ambition to become a top ten city,” says Mulgrove.