Category : Hull Venue

Key milestone reached to run Hull Venue and work begins on site

Hull City Council has today (Friday 2 December) confirmed that SMG Europe Holdings Ltd has been awarded preferred bidder status to run Hull’s newest music, events and conference centre. This follows a decision last year for BAM Construction Ltd to build the facility.

Subject to finalisation of the legal agreements for occupation, operation and management, SMG Europe Holdings Ltd will be awarded a 25-year contract to operate Hull Venue, having demonstrated that it offered the best value, following a competitive tendering exercise.

The company, which operates internationally, also runs the nearby First Direct Arena in Leeds, Manchester Arena, York Barbican, and The Baths Hall & Plowright Theatre, both in Scunthorpe, amongst many others, booking acts including Kings of Leon, Strictly Come Dancing Live and Little Mix to name a few.

BAM Construction has already designed and started to build the centre along with a new multi-storey carpark. The company were confirmed as the builder in December 2015 when a Pre-Construction Services Agreement was signed, followed by an Enabling Works package earlier this year. A full contract will follow early 2017.

The company, whose previous projects include First Direct Arena in Leeds, One Angel Square in Manchester and Bridington Leisure Centre, has already started work to clear the site and started the piling for the venue.

Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council said:

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the commitment from the council to this project.

“SMG and BAM both have fantastic reputations in their respective industries and I am delighted to have them both on board.

“Hull Venue is a key landmark scheme, which is critical to the development of the city and our plans to make Hull a world-class visitor destination. 2017 is just the beginning for Hull and these legacy projects will ensure that Hull continues on the journey as a great cultural city after its year in the spotlight.”

John Sharkey, Executive Vice President, European Operations for SMG Europe said:

“We’re delighted to be selected as the preferred bidder to operate the new Hull Venue and we look forward to working with council and the destination marketing team to bring a range of new events to the city, building on what looks like an exciting City of Culture programme.”

BAM Construction Director Jason Pink said:

“We’re bringing a lot of skill and experience to Hull Venue. Several of the team worked on Leeds Arena and bring an understanding of the design issues with them which is helping already.

“We’ve been on site for a few months with preparatory works, and have been working hard on the design challenges of the building so we’re now confident and ready to start on the construction programme.”

The centre will include a 3,500 capacity concert auditorium, with the flexibility to reduce to a 2,500 all-seated event and a 2,000m2 exhibition space, plus an 800 capacity conference auditorium. The centre will open in 2018.

Legal and technical information is being drawn up with SMG prior to the formal documentation being finalised shortly.

Council progresses work on Hull Venue

Hull City Council has today (Thursday 21 July) published a Decision Record that moves forward the plans for a 3,500-seater conference and events centre in the city centre.

The Decision Record confirms the site assembly agreement between Hull City Council and Princes Quay Development Ltd.

This will be achieved by a series of land transactions which will allow for the development of Hull Venue, transforming a currently underused prime city centre site.

The Decision Record published today means the project will progress as scheduled, with the centre due to open in 2018 as part of the city’s Destination Hull legacy programme for UK City of Culture, supporting the city’s long-term ambition to become a world-class visitor destination.

Council progresses work on Hull Venue

Hull City Council has today (Tuesday 28 June) published a decision record that will move forward the plans for a 3,500-seater conference and events centre in the city centre.

The decision record confirms an extension of the pre-construction services agreement with BAM Construction Ltd, the firm contracted to build the venue, to ensure the programme of works remains on track for a 2018 completion.

The £2.9m agreement will include a clean-up of the site and demolition of buildings that will make way for the start of the new venue build later this year.

Work beginning at the end of this month will include the clearance of shrubbery and rubbish, archaeological work including historic buildings records and excavations, ground investigations, temporary works to make damaged areas safe, asbestos surveys and service disconnections.

The decision record published today mean the project will progress as scheduled with the centre due to open in 2018, as part of the city’s UK City of Culture legacy programme and supporting Hull’s long-term ambition to become a world-class visitor destination.

Destination Hull: Major city centre projects given the green light

Plans for a state-of-the-art 3,500-seater music and events centre and the redevelopment of Hull’s historic Beverley Gate have today been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Hull City Council’s Planning Committee have approved plans for the ‘Hull Venue’ which, it is hoped, will put Hull on the UK map as a location for major events, shows and music concerts.

The plans approved today include the building of the new centre, alongside the cladding of Osborne Street carpark and additional public spaces in a currently derelict area on Myton Street behind Princes Quay.

The centre will include a 3,500 capacity concert auditorium with the flexibility to reduce to a 2,500 all-seated event and a 2,000m2 exhibition space plus 800 capacity conference auditorium. It is also predicted that the scheme will deliver 30 full time jobs with 100 – 150 temporary jobs on event days.

Hull Venue
Councillor Steven Bayes, Portfolio Holder for Visitor Destination said:

“The approval of this scheme is key to making Hull a top visitor destination and to securing a long-term legacy from our year as UK City of Culture.

“We will formally hand over the City of Culture title to another city in 2020, but this development will allow us to continue to attract events capable of delivering a big economic impact beyond that.

“Importantly, it will deliver a large number long-term jobs for our local workforce and young people, which is part of the legacy that we want to deliver for Hull and the city.”

The council has committed £36.2m towards the cost of building the complex on the site behind Princes Quay shopping centre and this investment will also modernise Osborne Street carpark.

Situated close to the key road and rail routes in and out of Hull, the new Hull Venue will revitalise and reconnect the heart of the city centre by providing a link between the historic Old Town, the 1950s-built ‘new town’ and the city’s transport interchange and St. Stephen’s shopping centre. The aim is to provide an iconic landmark for visitors travelling to and through the city, as well as offering conference delegates and gig-goers spectacular views of Hull Marina.

Work will now begin later this year, following BAM Construction’s appointment in December. The Venue is scheduled to open in 2018 as part of the city’s legacy programme.

Plans for the redevelopment of Beverley Gate have today also been approved by planning councillors, meaning that the work is one step closer to beginning. With its new Scheduled Monument status, an application will now be made to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in consultation with Historic England, to be assessed and approved.

Plans will see walls exposed and current access retained and improved.  Changes to the point of entry and a lighter solution to safety railings will create a more attractive space, where people can sit closer at a higher level.

Beverley Gate

Councillor Bayes added:

“We always wanted to properly acknowledge the historical significance of Beverley Gate and to enhance its representation and public awareness.

“I believe these plans successfully do this and the end result will be something the city can be proud of”.