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Chetwoods' Boom finally approved

Chetwood Architects has at last been given the green light for the first phase of its redesigned mixed-use Boom development on the east bank of the River Hull.

The approved £65 million scheme – unanimously backed by Hull City Council’s planning committee this week – is the practice’s third attempt at drawing up an acceptable design for the key riverside site.

The previous proposals, were criticised for ‘lacking flair’ when they came before the authority’s committee last September.

Earmarked for the plot next to McDowell + Benedetti’s high-profile comma-shaped bridge, the Chetwood project for developer consortium Pure Urban is itself a replacement for an earlier, failed scheme by Benoy.

The development will house almost 250 apartments, offices and a hotel.

Ian Hodges, of developer Horncastle PLC – a lead player within the consortium – said: ‘This is an important step and follows almost four years’ work and means that a vital part of the masterplan for the regeneration of the city centre can now progress.”

He added: ‘We took on board the comments made by the planning committee about the [last] designs and came back with revised proposals for a more exciting, vibrant, viable and sustainable scheme. Now we can move on towards bringing these proposals to fruition, allowing the delivery of a landmark scheme for the city.’

Before work can start on site, the team has instructed specialists to carry out an archaeological audit. However it is hoped a contractor will be appointed ‘with a view to starting work’ in the autumn.

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