New-look city centre starts to become a reality

After work to transform the city centre started in October last year, the first pieces of the new paving in this multi-million pound project will now start to be laid in the city centre.

Following extensive underground investigation work that have ensured that cabling and pipework have been installed to a high standard and new levels are set; visitors to the city centre will now start to see new high-quality sandstone set in Whitefriargate.

Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for public infrastructure, said:

“With the next stage of the work now starting, visitors to the city centre will begin to see what the upheaval has all been about. We have invested in materials that are of incredibly high quality with solid foundations that are designed to last, and this will be obvious for all to see once large areas are completed.

“What we need to remember is that a project of a scale has not been undertaken in the city for many years and, with an incredibly tight schedule to keep to, unfortunately it does mean some disruption.

“We would like to thanks residents and especially the businesses in the city centre for their patience and support during this time. It is clear that they too share the Council’s vision for the city centre and know that on completion, they will be the ones to reap the benefits of this massive investment.”

With areas soon starting to move into the completion phase, the city centre will now see more areas start the process of excavations before new materials are laid.

Councillor Mancey added:

“It’s important that visitors to the city centre remember that Hull is well and truly open for business and this development work should not dissuade people from travelling in and shopping.

“Our contractors, Eurovia, are working hard to ensure that this work is phased, retaining access to all businesses and residential property at all times.”