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Hull Fruit Market winner announced

A team including Surface, Sarah Wigglesworth and Bauman Lyons has won the high-profile competition to transform Hull’s historic Fruit Market site.

The impressive line-up, which also features urban designer Jan Gehl and Grimsby-based practice Hodson Architects, saw off three other developer-led bids to land the prize job in the Old Town conservation area.

Brought together by developer Igloo, the architects were asked to draw up plans for a new ‘vibrant community’ on the rundown 6.75ha waterfront plot, currently home to a mishmash of abandoned Georgian, Victorian and 20th century brick buildings.

Regeneration company and majority landowner Hull Citybuild wants to create 400 new homes, restaurants, hotels, shops and 10,000m2 of offices across the prime site between the Rivers Hull and Humber and next to the marina.

Among the teams that lost out on the project were developer bids from the Gladedale Group (Reland) with DLG Architects and a consortium headed up by Quintain and Chetwood Associates.

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