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Hull showcases £25m 'City of Culture' facelift

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Plans to transform central Hull in time for its UK City of Culture year in 2017 have been unveild by Leeds-based practice re-form Landscape Architecture

The £25 million proposals will see the ‘complete redesign’ of 14 city-centre streets and four public squares with the addition of facilities and new artworks.

Main civic space Queen Victoria Square will receive new seating, a water feature, and a light installation designed by Nayan Kulkarni.

Meanwhile, architectural practice Tonkin Liu has been commissioned to provide a sculpture for the site of Hull’s historic Beverley Gate, where King Charles I was refused entry to the city in 1642.

Trinity Square will also be reconfigured, with the removal of some existing structures to provide better views of the grade I-listed Trinity Church.

Andrew Price, director at re-form Landscape Architecture, said the project would completely redefine the way visitors experienced Hull city centre.

‘It’s rare that a city puts so much investment into its public realm, and yet it’s these spaces that really make a city work,’ he said.

Hull City Council major projects manager Garry Taylor said the blueprint was the most ‘fundamental and far-reaching’ transformation of the city for 70 years and would help move it ‘into the 21st Century’, whilst respecting its heritage.

Work on the project is expected to begin next month.

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