Trinity Indoor Market on the move

Work will soon begin on the £1.6m refurbishment of Trinity Indoor Market with the Trinity House Lane entrance to close from this Saturday (15 October).

Existing stalls from the food hall have already moved to the mall area and users of the market are being encouraged to use the entrances at Lowgate and Hepworth’s Arcade for the duration of the project. New signage directing people to the alternative entrances is currently being installed around the market and arcade.

Market customers are also being offered the chance to win a hamper of Trinity Market goodies as a thank you for their support during the project. Customers currently shopping at the market are given a postcard which they simply present at the stall’s new locations to be automatically entered into a draw.

Garry Taylor, City Major Projects Manager said:

“Trinity Indoor Market has a very long history in Hull and it is only right that as part of the regeneration of the city centre, the market also receives a facelift.

“We have worked closely with traders to ensure they remain in the market throughout the project and I would like to thank them for their cooperation during this time.

“I am confident that this refurbishment will create a market the traders and residents of Hull can be proud of.”

The refit of the Grade 2 listed building and extension will upgrade and repair the main market spaces, stalls and the Market Place frontage with the intention of creating a busy, vibrant indoor market.

The main market spaces will have an enhanced food offering with a significant element of the development being a restaurant to partially occupy the building on North Church Side opposite Holy Trinity Church.

The project is funded predominantly by the LEP with £1.35m funding coming from the Regional Growth fund and the top up of £250k from the council’s capital programme budget.

Plans for new sculpture location submitted

Plans for a bespoke timepiece sculpture have today been submitted for Queens Gardens.

If approved, Solar Gate would not only be a focal point within the city centre park, but also act as a sundial, highlighting key dates in the city’s history that will be placed as discs of etched stainless steel and integrated with york stone paving earmarked for the area.

Solar Gate would also form part of the renovation of Queens Gardens, which will include a new grand central entrance through from the Rose Bowl. Work is scheduled to begin prior to Christmas, with completion planned in spring 2017. (NB. All other work to transform Queen’s Gardens will begin 2018 as part of the legacy programme).

The plans, which could see the 10m tall piece of art installed into a new spot at the south end of Queens Gardens, have been designed by award-winning architectural practice Tonkin Liu, made up of architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu (bios in notes).

On each date, sunlight will shine through Solar Gate onto the specific disc and highlight that point in time, casting a shadow the space around it.

This modern and unique piece has been amended for its new proposed location and the design now reflects the leafy surroundings of the gardens.

In total, 24 memorable dates and times for events that have shaped our world and Hull’s local history, yet to be agreed, will be marked and celebrated.

Mike Tonkin, Tonkin Liu said:

“Through the alignment of aperture in its two vertical surfaces, Solar Gate marks precise times with light rather than with shadows. Light travels through two spaces, aligned with a specific sun angle, and lands as a disc of light on the ground, illuminating a stainless steel disc with written details of the significance of the corresponding time and date.

“The time piece has been designed through computer programming to create a highly accurate alignment with specific solar angles relating to moments in the cultural calendar tailored to Hull. As with the experience of an eclipse, the waiting for the alignments brings the future, the past, and the present into play.

“At night Solar Gate is illuminated with an ever changing lighting display where its delicacy and undulating geometry is revealed and experienced.

“The advanced technology and the innovative undulating structure employs the latest fabrication techniques to make a deceptively delicate but very robust structure.

“10m tall and 4m wide, the artwork is boat-like in plan, gate-like in elevation, mast-like in side elevation, with a taper to just 10cm. The artwork learns lessons from 500 million years of evolution in sea shell form to make a very strong very light piece produced with the latest digital technologies.”

A formal decision for Planning Committee is likely to be made later this year.

Wider plans for Queen’s Gardens, earmarked for 2018 start, include an impressive new-look, inspired by the 1950’s design including a new performance area and tribute to the late great Mick Ronson.

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Hull’s historic monuments and buildings set to shine

Some of Hull’s most treasured landmarks are set to take the spotlight as plans are underway for a series of light installations.

Complementing the transformation of the city’s public realm, the light artwork has been designed to draw the eye naturally from the ground up to the sky.

Alongside buildings including Hull City Hall and Holy Trinity Church, subject to consultation and approval from church authorities, some of Hull’s most iconic statues will be illuminated, from the Queen Victoria and the Wilberforce monuments, the statue of Andrew Marvell, which is currently being restored before it returns to form, the centrepiece of a regenerated Trinity Square, and the Guildhall monuments ‘Strength’ and ‘Maritime Prowess’, which stand at the top of the Guildhall.

Commissioned to take charge of this ambitious project is nationally recognised light art installation specialist Nayan Kulkarni, who will draw on his experience of creating some of the most ambitious light works in the UK who brings his skills to Hull with designs made exclusively for the city.

Kulkarni’s unique schemes, ‘Sculptures in the Sky’ and ‘the Golden Hour’, will shine a brand new light on some of the city’s most recognisable buildings and sculptures, as well as offering the opportunity  for countless lighting displays to coincide with special events and significant dates.

As part of the project, Hull City Council have now submitted a listed buildings consent application for the new lighting rigs to be fixed to Ferens Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum.

Nayan Kulkarni said about his projects:

“It is a huge privilege to be invited to illuminate the city’s streets, historic buildings and sculptures, not just for 2017 but as a permanent installation. The Golden Hour seeks to create a calm and inspiring set of illuminations that will transform some of Hull’s significant buildings and historical monuments. In combination with the new street lighting, the installation will constantly change the city at night by manipulating its lit effects.

“Using bold and subtle mood changes, colour and shadow will attract the eye from place to place, reflecting speed of pedestrian movement and city life.

“Eyes will be drawn upwards naturally, revealing some of the Hull’s historic architectural features in a way perhaps never seen before. That is, artificial light makes us see differently.”

Subject to listed buildings consent being granted, work will begin on The Golden Hour and Sculptures in the Sky will start later this year and will be delivered in parallel with Hull City Council’s £25 million public realm improvement scheme.

Garry Taylor, City Major Projects Manager said:

“We have a great opportunity that aims to unlock the full potential of the city centre’s historic buildings and bring Hull’s lighting on par with other cities.

“The commissioning of Nayan and the integration of art and creativity throughout the project will ensure the very best of Hull is enhanced.”

Martin Green, Chief Executive of the 2017 City of Culture Company said:

“This project really captures the idea that there is more to Hull than meets the eye. You may think you know this city’s streets, but Nayan Kulkarni’s illuminations will take you on a fascinating new journey as darkness falls.

“In drawing your attention to specific features that may have previously gone unnoticed, it will encourage you to look at familiar buildings in a completely different way.”

The Vicar of Holy Trinity, the Rev Canon Dr Neal Barnes, said:

“The plans for an innovative lighting scheme covering key sites in Hull city centre are very exciting indeed and we’re delighted Holy Trinity has been chosen as one of the landmark structures to be illuminated. It underlines Holy Trinity’s status as an architectural jewel in the city’s crown and complements the £4.5m transformation of the church and grounds which are well under way.

“The proposed lighting of the church is subject to consultation and approval from the church authorities and the tests will inform that process.

“We’re really excited to see how Nayan Kulkarni will enhance even further the beauty and majesty of an iconic building as old as the city of Hull itself but as relevant to local life as it has ever been.”

Woodford Leisure Centre prepares for £6million extension

One of Hull’s much-loved leisure centres is preparing to close its doors ahead of a multi-million pound refurbishment and extension.

Woodford Leisure Centre will close on Friday 30 September for work to begin on the extension that includes a brand new 25 metre six-lane swimming pool and learner pool, as well as improved changing facilities.

Additional plans also include new sauna and steam facilities, a café located at the new entrance and enhanced parking facilities. The installation of new environmental technologies will also look to reduce longer term operating costs.

Users of the centre are being encouraged to use alternative council facilities during the closure, including a new gym that has doubled in size at Ennerdale due to open this week, as well as gym facilities at Costello Stadium. Alternative swim facilities are available at Ennerdale, East Hull Baths and Beverley Road Baths.

Hull Culture and Leisure has been working closely with existing sports and activity clubs currently using Woodford to find alternative accommodation for them with the majority already arranged.

City Manager for Major Projects, Garry Taylor said:

“Following extensive consultation with users of Woodford, local residents and visitors to 2015’s summer engagement roadshows, the new facilities at Woodford have been designed to reflect their views.

“The investment into Woodford will secure its long-term future as a top swimming and leisure facility and put it up amongst some of the best in the region, providing a top-class offer to the people of Hull.”

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure said:

“While Woodford is closed for major improvement work we are keen to ensure continuity in the council’s leisure offer. The city’s other leisure facilities ran by Hull Culture and Leisure are fantastic and the extension of Ennerdale’s fitness suite is very welcome.

“This is a very exciting time for the leisure service and the icing on the cake will be the newly extended pool at Woodford. I’m very much looking forward to seeing this project progress over the next year and would like to thank users and staff for their support and co-operation during this time.

Work will commence on the centre mid-October once a decant of equipment has taken place, with the project expected to complete early 2018.

Users of Woodford and other council leisure centres that have questions about the closure are asked to speak to staff at the centre on 01482 331 322.

Businesses invited to learn more about Old Town Grant Scheme

New and existing businesses in Hull’s Old Town are being invited to learn more about the opportunity to apply for a share of £800,000 in a grant scheme at event in the area on Tuesday (6 September).

From 10am, the doors of the former Rumours nightclub will be open to find our more with staff from the Old Town programme team available to answer any questions about the scheme and how to apply.

The Old Town Grant Scheme, which is run by the council, is split into two strands. The first ‘business start up and expansion’ grant offers existing businesses the chance to apply for funding to expand their business, and also invites anyone considering starting a new business in this area of the city centre the ability to apply for financial support.

The ‘property improvement’ grant offers existing businesses the opportunity to improve their shop frontages and make internal work improvements, revitalising the historic buildings that give the Old Town much of its character.

The scheme is part of the council’s wider commitment to ‘repurpose the Old Town’ with the revitalisation of Trinity Market and the re-introduction of a regular outdoor market also on the agenda.

Garry Taylor, City Major Projects Manager, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses in the Old Town to capitalise on the major redevelopments taking place around them and for new businesses to set up in this beautiful area and reap the rewards that 2017 and beyond will bring.

“With the development of the Fruit Market well underway and the public realm in Trinity Square and Trinity House Lane starting to take shape, the results these grants will produce are really the last piece of the jigsaw for the Old Town.

“We are very keen to see applications for Whitefriargate and the surrounding area in an effort to reinvigorate this once bustling shopping street, however we are looking forward to seeing submissions from all parts of the Old Town.

“I would advise anyone considering opening a business in the Old Town or looking to expand their business to pop down on Tuesday and find out more”.

The scheme is will remain open until September 2017 or until all funds have been awarded. Grants will generally fund up to 50 per cent of project costs and be matched from the business’s own resources (other publicly funded grants or loans are not eligible to be used as match funding).  There is no limit to the amount of funding that can be applied for.

The vision for the future of the Old Town is to create an area of thriving café bars, visitor attractions, restaurants and independent retailers making the most of the area’s medieval street layouts and architectural beauty, and of the Old Town standing as a strong economic presence at the east of the modern city centre.

The drop-in event will run 10am – 4pm with officers on hand to answer any questions and provide information on this exciting opportunity.

Anyone unable to make the drop-in event can get an application form from the Old Town Programme Team on 01482 612 552/612 565 or e-mail: oldtowngrants@hullcc.gov.uk.

Further information on the Old Town Grant Scheme can also be found online at: www.hullmeansbusiness.com/loansandgrants.

Thousands available for Old Town businesses

New and existing businesses in Hull’s Old Town are being offered the opportunity to apply for a share of £800,000 in a grant scheme between Hull City Council and the Humber LEP.

The Old Town Grant Scheme, which is run by the council, opens today. It is split into two strands. The first ‘business start up and expansion’ grant offers existing businesses the chance to apply for funding to expand their business, and also invites anyone considering starting a new business in this area of the city centre the ability to apply for financial support.

The ‘property improvement’ grant offers existing businesses the opportunity to improve their shop frontages and make internal work improvements, revitalising the historic buildings that give the Old Town much of its character.

The scheme is part of the council’s wider commitment to ‘repurpose the Old Town’ with the revitalisation of Trinity Market and the re-introduction of a regular outdoor market also on the agenda.

Garry Taylor, City Major Projects Manager, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses in the Old Town to capitalise on the major redevelopments taking place around them and for new businesses to set up in this beautiful area and reap the rewards that 2017 and beyond will bring.

“With the development of the Fruit Market well underway and the public realm in Trinity Square and Trinity House Lane starting to take shape, the results these grants will produce are really the last piece of the jigsaw for the Old Town.

“We are very keen to see applications for Whitefriargate and the surrounding area in an effort to reinvigorate this once bustling shopping street, however we are looking forward to seeing submissions from all parts of the Old Town.”

The scheme is will remain open until September 2017 or until all funds have been awarded. Grants will generally fund up to 50 per cent of project costs and be matched from the business’s own resources (other publicly funded grants or loans are not eligible to be used as match funding).  There is no limit to the amount of funding that can be applied for.

The vision for the future of the Old Town is to create an area of thriving café bars, visitor attractions, restaurants and independent retailers making the most of the area’s medieval street layouts and architectural beauty, and of the Old Town standing as a strong economic presence at the east of the modern city centre.

Application forms can be requested from the Old Town Programme Team on 01482 612 552/612 565 or e-mail: oldtowngrants@hullcc.gov.uk.

Further information on the Old Town Grant Scheme can also be found online at: www.hullmeansbusiness.com/loansandgrants.

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.

Guildhall Greenwich Time Ball Restoration project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Hull City Council has been successful in receiving initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the restoration of the Guildhall Greenwich Time Ball.

The first-round pass means the project has met HLF criteria for funding and has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money.

Alongside this successful bid, the council has also been granted £47,000 from the National Lottery player development fund to help progress plans to apply for a full grant.

Garry Taylor, City Major Projects Manager said:

“This project could deliver much-needed investment and heritage-led restoration for one of the Hull’s most recognisable historic timepieces.

“The grant would not only restore the Time Ball to full working order, but also renovate the tower and provide good access and learning opportunities for residents.

“The project will prove a fitting contribution to the City Plan ambition to make Hull a world-class visitor destination by enhancing its unique heritage and culture.”

If successful, the project will not only involve a programme of physical restoration works, but will also develop a programme of activity and engagement, collecting memories, skills and knowledge from the current Clock Custodian through oral history and an appeal for public memories associated with the Guildhall Time Ball. An apprenticeship opportunity for a young person could also be created to learn the Clock Custodian’s role through shadowing & skill sharing.

The council will now begin to put together a second stage bid with an application planned for submission later this year.

To coincide with this news, the council have today published a decision record detailing the funding set aside to support this project through stage two and beyond if the bid is successful.

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History of Hull streets on display

Information boards have appeared throughout the city centre, telling the historical stories of the streets.

Six boards have been installed across the city centre in areas included in the public realm project, and offer an insight into how some of the main city centre streets used to look and operate in years gone by.

Boards are stationed at Beverley Gate, Humber Street, Jameson Street, Paragon Square, Queen Victoria Square and Trinity Square.

Each board includes details of the history behind the streets, alongside historical images, interesting facts and a glimpse into the future with CGI imaging of the area.

Councillor Steven Bayes, Portfolio Holder for Visitor Destination said:

“The public realm project seems to have really sparked people’s interest in the city centre and importantly its rich history.

“The boards present an opportunity for members of the public to learn more about their city centre’s past as well as finding out more about the projects that it is hoped will help to make Hull a world-class visitor destination”.

Boards will remain in place throughout the remainder of the public realm programme, when it is hoped more permanent sites can be found for them.

Official opening and naming of West Park play-park

New top-quality play facilities at West Park are to be officially opened, following a naming competition with local school pupils.

Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP, alongside local ward Councillors Alan Clarke, Lyn Petrini and Helena Spencer, Hull FC owner Adam Pearson and team legend Johnny Whitely, will officially open ‘Kids Kingdom’ on Friday (1 July) following a major refurbishment.

The winning entry ‘Kids Kingdom’ was submitted by year 6, Chiltern Primary School pupils, Kayleigh Carroll and Kieran Fowler-King who both submitted the same suggestion and chosen by local ward councillors.

The £1.2m makeover of the play park, the facility features paddling pool and medieval tower which is the first of its kind in the country.

The tower transports children back to a world of knights and chivalry for a host of fun adventures and is large enough for adults to access and join in the fun with younger children, and with two slides at different heights, allowing older children to climb higher and enjoy the thrill of sliding down the four meter high spiral chute!

Additionally the park will also feature a brand new skate plaza and multi-use Games area that will be completed in August.