Hull City Council is seeking a design team to conserve and restore a ruined Grade II-listed former cinema
The team selected for the estimated £20,000-to-£45,000 contract will conserve the remains of the 1914 National Picture Theatre on Beverley Road which was bombed in 1941 and has remained a ruin ever since. It will also add an interpretation centre focusing on the historic structure.
The £456,000 project aims to protect the bombsite from vandalism, boost understanding of the Hull Blitz, which killed more than 1,200 people and flattened 86,715 homes, and create a memorial to civilian victims of the conflict. The cinema, designed by Runton and Barry Architects in 1914, was struck by a bomb during a screening but no one was killed or seriously injured.
In its brief, the council says it has ‘been successful in its National Lottery Heritage Fund Heritage Grant First Round Application to stabilise and preserve the National Picture Theatre site. The remains of the building will be opened to the public and interpreted through displays and engagement activities.
‘The council is seeking to procure specialist design consultancy services to assist in progressing the plans for the National Picture Theatre. The council will require the successful bidder to further develop and (subject to funding) subsequently deliver the NLHF Heritage Grant for the National Picture Theatre. The appointed consultant will be the lead designer for the development stage, and if the funding bid is successful will be retained as the project manager/supervisor for the delivery stage.’
Hull is located on a flood plain where the River Hull meets the Humber Estuary, and has a growing population of around 250,000 people. Around 90 per cent of its built-up areas sit below the high-tide line, increasing the risk of significant flooding. In July, emerging Newcastle practice Harper Perry Architects won a RIBA ideas competition for a flood-resilient development in Hull.
Last summer Purcell won a contest for a £27.4 million project to redevelop some of Hull’s historic nautical attractions, including the city’s Grade II*-listed Maritime Museum.
Bids for the cinema contract will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost. The deadline for applications is 17 January.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Hull City Council
Alfred Gelder Street