Work to regenerate Hull’s historic riverside dock has got underway, which will see flood defences replaced as well as environmental enhancements for the area.
The Hull+ scheme comprises an investment of up to £5M, in a partnership between Hull City Council and the Environment Agency, and will provided better flood defences for some 2,000 properties, providing greater economic and job security in the area.
Funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Environment Agency, it is envisaged that investment in to the Dock Office Row area will generate additional investor confidence in the area.
The works complement the £27.4M Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project being delivered by Hull City Council. A grant of £15M from the Heritage Lottery Fund helped enable the project.
The Dock Street area is identified as having potential to be used as a tourist destination in the local plan and includes improved footpaths to the waterfront.
Hull+ project manager Paul Ahdal, of the Environment Agency, said: “As well as improving flood defences in the area we hope the scheme will help provide a springboard for development and help continue to attract tourists to the city following the success of Hull 2017 City of Culture.”
Councillor Daren Hale, Hull City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment and Regeneration, said: “It is great to see work starting in this area. It marks the beginning of an exciting journey ahead as we embark on an ambitious project to reconnect this part of the city centre with the waterfront, offering a new visitor centre and dry-berth for the Arctic Corsair telling the maritime story and important role this area played.”
Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth Minister, Jake Berry MP, said: “I am really pleased to see this vital scheme coming together, delivering jobs and flood improvements for local businesses. It’s a great example of the Government working in partnership with the Council to stimulate growth through infrastructure and heritage investment in the Northern Powerhouse.”
The first phase of work will see the removal of silt from the dry dock area off Dock Office Row, allowing the Arctic Corsair to be relocated to the area after being renovated by contractors for Hull City Council.
The silt removed will be sent for recycling and used in the manufacture of building blocks. The Hull+ scheme compliments a number of other projects in the area which include the River Hull Defences, delivered by the Environment Agency, and the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project, delivered by Hull City Council.
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