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Purcell wins contest for regeneration of Hull as tourist destination

The Arctic Corsair, Hull
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Purcell has won the £27.4 million project to redevelop some of Hull’s historic nautical attractions, including the city’s Grade II*-listed Maritime Museum

The ambitious scheme, dubbed Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City, is part of Hull’s ’aspiration to become a world-class visitor destination’ and features a number of linked projects and public realm improvements.

As well as the overhaul of the Maritime Museum, created inside the 1872 Dock Offices building during the 1970s, Purcell will draw up design concepts for the Dock Office Chambers and the North End Shipyard, as well as overseeing the conservation of two historic vessels – the Arctic Corsair trawler and the Spurn Lightship.

The North End Shipyard is a large derelict area a short distance from the museum at the other end of Queen’s Gardens. It features three silted-up dry docks and a disused derrick crane, and was once the main entrance to the former Queen’s Dock.

Constructed in 1960, the Arctic Corsair is the last surviving vessel from Hull’s distant water fishing trawler fleet and once set a world record for landing cod and haddock from the White Sea. The Spurn Lightship was built in 1927 and is currently moored in Hull Marina.

Hull Maritime Museum

Hull Maritime Museum

Hull Maritime Museum

Planned to complete in 2022, the pan-city scheme follows on from last year’s UK City of Culture celebrations, which saw landmark installations by Tonkin Liu and Chilean practice Pezo von Ellrichshausen.

The Maritime City programme, which is backed by Hull City Council and Hull Culture & Leisure, has already cleared a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Round One hurdle – a bid which could eventually net the city £15 million.

The HLF has already paid out £1.37 million to develop the project further for a HLF Round 2 submission in May 2019 for the release of the full grant.

Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council and portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration, planning, land and property, said: ’We had a great response from a very strong field and this is a key milestone for this incredibly unique and exciting development and the ongoing regeneration of Hull.

’This investment is also part of our long-term plans to develop our cultural offer further, improve our economy and secure lasting benefits for the people of Hull and the wider region.

‘We’re really looking forward to the support of such a world-class group of experts in order to make Hull, Yorkshire’s Maritime City a reality. Purcell’s strong track record of delivering high-profile projects brings confidence that they will help us make this project as exciting as it is challenging.’

He added: ’The redevelopment of the city’s maritime assets is vital so Hull tells its significant maritime story and brings our vision and ambition to life.’

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