Jamie Oliver could be heading to Hull. King William House Development
Jamie Oliver could be heading to Hull. King William House Development

Jamie Oliver could be heading to Hull. King William House Development

Plans to breathe new life into the city centre by creating shops and restaurants in an empty office block have been given the go-ahead by Hull City Council planners

KWH (Hull) Ltd will start work early next year to transform King William House in Market Place into several restaurants and leisure facilities, along with 30 high-end apartments.

KWH Ltd director Shaun Larvin, who was initially behind the Double Tree by Hilton hotel development, has confirmed he is talking to a number of national names.

He said: “We are speaking to the likes of Jamie Oliver’s team and this is the kind of outfit we are looking at.

“There may be one or two shops, depending on who comes forward, but we are looking at bistros and restaurants to move in and these will be national brands.

“The apartments will all be one or two bedrooms with balconies and they will cater to the high end market and professionals.

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Plans to transform King William House
Plans to transform King William House

Plans to transform King William House with restaurants and flats in Hull city centre

A 1970s office block in Hull’s Old Town could be heading for a major facelift. King William House in Market Place is best known for its glazed window panels which reflect views of Holy Trinity Church. Built it in 1975, it also includes an Argos store.

Four large ground-floor units for possible leisure use form part of a new marketing brochure. A planning application seeking permission to change the use of offices on the upper floors to 30 one and two-bed flats has also recently been submitted to Hull City Council.

It’s expected a planning application covering the proposed ground-floor leisure use units will be submitted to the council later this year.

Source: Hull Daily Mail

Hull’s new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is halfway

Developers of the £25m DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Hull have announced they have just passed the halfway point of the build.

The hotel, located in Ferensway, is being delivered by Lincolnshire-based developer Manorcrest Group, who began work on the site in October 2016.
With a 14-month construction period the eagerly awaited hotel, which will boast 165 bedrooms and a 1000 sqm ballroom for events and conferences, is due for completion in November this year.

Director of Manorcrest Group, Dean Wann, said: “The construction of the hotel is on track and now we are past the half way point you can really see the building being brought to life.

Over the last eight months, the concrete lift shaft was constructed and the floor slab and structure to the conference centre has been finished.

Over the course of the next few months and until completion, works on site will include the development of a restaurant space and rooftop bar, and the internal fit out of the conference centre and communal areas and the installation of its bedroom pods, which are being delivered from China.

Onsite works are continuing to the roof of the build which is 80 per cent complete, while the decking and concrete floors are being put in place.

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A Glimpse Inside the £25m City Hotel
A Glimpse Inside the £25m City Hotel

The Hilton Hotel, Double Tree will provide the largest conference and events venue outside Leeds and Manchester and will open the doors to its first guests a year from now.

Revealed for the first time are images of what the Hilton Hotel will look like on the inside.

Piling on the Ferensway Site began earlier this week with Shaun Larvin, development Director at developers Lexington Avenue Leisure, saying it was now “100 miles per hour” with the project. “things will start to shape up pretty fast” said Mr Larvin.

“The contractors are flying out to Hong Kong today to see the prototype and we should have the module on site in March or April next year”

The 165 Bed Double Tree by Hilton Hotel is costing £25m to build and will conference and event facilities for up to 1,000 people.

The Hotel will provide a 24-hour full service facility, with fitness suite, a bar and restaurant and a business centre.

“We have bookings for it already” said Mr Larvin.

Developers at Lexington have contracted with Lincoln based Brayford Hotels, which will construct, own and operate the hotel under franchise arrangements with Hilton International.

Have a Look inside: Artist Impressions below

Project: Above From Left, Alan Horn (Site Manager), Keith Ranson (Project Manager), Cllr Steve Brady (City Council Leader), Shaun Larvin (Development Director, Lexington Avenue Leisure Ltd), Matt Jukes (Chief Executive of Hull City Council), Nick Howbridge (City Property and assets Manager) and Tony Howard (Business Development Executive, Lexington Avenue Leisure Ltd


Hull has the potential to have one of Yorkshire’s fastest growing economies over the coming years, according to the CBI.

The city was hailed as the region’s “star performer” in a report analysing regional productivity differences, why they exist and what more businesses and local and national government can do to tackle it and encourage growth.

Part of the report looked at the economic impact that could be achieved by 2024 if each local area improved at the same rate as the top performer of the region.

Hull was subsequently found to have a 43 per cent growth rate – the strongest in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for Energy City with responsibility for economic regeneration, said: “The report from the CBI is welcome news. This is a clear demonstration that our City Plan and investment strategy are starting to pay dividends.

“There has been a marked increase in the number of businesses in Hull, particularly on the previous year.

“The renewable, professional, scientific and technical, construction, plus the business administration and support service sectors, have been the strongest areas of growth. There is considerable interest in further investments in the city by national and global investment funds.

Hull City of Culture, 2017

Hull City of Culture has been the primary focus on everyones mind. But what does the year include? and what does the City of Culture bring?

2017 City of Culture has been sectioned into seasons, each celebrating and focus’s on something different about our unique city.

So what season’s are we getting?

Season One – Made in Hull

Jan – Mar

In this first Season,

Hull showcases what Hull is really made of, including many incredible performances through theatre, music, poetry and the ideas Hull has inspired.

Season Two – Roots and Routes

Apr – Jun

Hull is a opening to the UK, a great gateway through the marina and docking area. This chapter will explore our home, Hull in the ever changing world. As new partnerships, collaborations will form, as  our city Hull becomes the centre of the Culture for the UK for the year of 2017.

Season Three – Freedom

Jul – Sept

Over two season in and the celebrations underway, the city of culture will enter the Summer Season. Freedom is a platform for people to create, debate, reflect and reimagine. This season will celebration the inspirations and freedom of thought!

Season Four: – Tell the World

Oct – Dec

The fourth and final season is to celebration the qualities that made Hull the City of Culture for 2017. As 2017 draws to a close it will have been an exciting year, which can open doors to something new and has been something special for out city, its time to tell the world! Let’s see where this adventure takes us.