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Council confirms £250 million UK City of Culture Legacy Plan

Hull City Council has today confirmed its continuing commitment to investing in culture and the arts with a £250 million plan to deliver further improvements to the city’s cultural and visitor infrastructure and a pledge to provide on-going support to the city’s independent arts sector. The Council has also welcomed and will support a new role for the Culture Company, which was established by the city to deliver its year as UK City of Culture.

The plans will ensure that Hull builds on the success of 2017, maintaining the momentum of positive change and creating the conditions for Hull to achieve its City Plan ambition of becoming a world-class cultural destination.

Following on from the £50 million already invested by the Council and its partners in major cultural regeneration projects, including a £25 million public realm project, work to kick-start the redevelopment of the Fruit Market and major improvements to Hull New Theatre and the Ferens Art Gallery, the Council today confirmed a further £250 million plan for public and private sector investment over the next 10 years.

The plans have been in development since Hull launched its City Plan in 2013 and include:

  • A new £30m, 3,500 capacity regional music, arts and conference venue that will open in the summer of 2018.
  • A major £7m refurbishment for Woodford Leisure Centre in east Hull, also set to open next year.
  • The creation of a major new £27 million attraction that will shine a light on Hull’s unique heritage as Yorkshire’s Maritime city.  Funded by the Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project will see the city’s much-loved Maritime Museum completely transformed, the regeneration of the city’s oldest docks and the restoration of two historic ships.
  • On-going development of a £50m Cruise Terminal for Yorkshire.
  • The £130m redevelopment of Albion Square and Bond Street in the heart of the city to enhance Hull’s visitor and leisure offer.
  • A £3m restoration for historic Pearson Park.

Speaking at an event to announce Hull’s cultural legacy plans today, Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, also reinforced the Council’s commitment to supporting independent arts organisations in the city. In addition to working with Arts Council England to support the city’s five National Portfolio Organisations, Councillor Brady pledged £1m to allow the repurposed Culture Company to continue to deliver world-class cultural programmes in 2018 and beyond.

Councillor Brady said: “Hull’s journey towards City of Culture and the year itself has shown that investing in the arts and culture works. From raising our city’s profile and attracting record numbers of visitors to regenerating our places, improving the opportunities and well-being of residents, inspiring our young people and capturing the spirit of our wonderful volunteers, it’s an investment worth making.

“2017 has been incredibly successful, but is just the beginning for Hull. Our collective ambition for the future is bigger and bolder and with the whole city working together, as we have done in the build up to and delivery of 2017, we will deliver.”

Martin Green, Chief Executive of Hull 2017, said:  “In originally bidding to become UK City of Culture, Hull City Council showed its commitment to culture as central to its plans for Hull’s future success. We are therefore delighted to see it reaffirming that commitment, which will help ensure Hull’s position as force to be reckoned with, not just in the North, but nationally. Creating a legacy for the city is of course a collective act, and Culture Company will continue to work alongside the Council and other partners to ensure culture remains at the forefront of those plans.”

Council more than doubles number of Changing Places facilities in the city

Hull City Council is to introduce Changing Places facilities to new and refurbished venues, as well as in Extra Care buildings to ensure that the city is accessible for everyone.

As Disability Awareness Day takes place across the country this Sunday (16 July) and Changing Places Awareness Day approaches on Wednesday 19 July, the council has announced that the facilities will be installed into new and refurbished venues including Hull New Theatre, Trinity Indoor Market, Hull Venue and Woodford Leisure Centre.

Alongside these city centre venues, new Extra Care facilities at Harrison Park on Orchard Park and Cecil Gardens on Hawthorne Ave include full Changing Places facilities and these will be open during public access times, whilst Redwood Glades on Leads Road will open in the Autumn.

Currently there are four Changing Places in the city, two of which are council run. The new additions will more than double the number of available locations across the city, opening up additional facilities for those who may need them.

Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration and Planning said:

“The council has committed a huge amount of capital funding to ensure the city is well-equipped for anyone living in or visiting the city to be able enjoy a whole host of attractions.

“By installing Changing Places we can ensure these venues can be enjoyed by everyone without any concerns.

“We’re delighted to be able to install the facilities and contribute to the growing number across the country, with almost 1,000 already registered with the Changing Places Consortium across the country.”

The new facilities are supported by the consortium and have been designed in accordance with official policy and design agreement.

It is expected the first of the new facilities will open with Hull New Theatre in September, followed by Trinity Market towards the end of the year, with Woodford and Hull Venue following in 2018.

Council submits options for future of city swim and ice provision

Hull City Council has today published a report, the first step in a process, to consider the future provision of swimming pool and ice skating facilities in Hull.

Councillors will discuss consider the report at Economic and Regeneration Scrutiny and Cabinet meetings on Thursday 23 March and Monday 27 March respectively, will look at the future investment strategy on the facilities, including possible investment in a new city centre ice arena. It recommends the council develops an investment strategy that will meet the needs of the city whilst providing opportunities to save money and increase income.

Following feasibility studies carried out in 2014 and 15, a number of options will be discussed with regard to swimming provision. The preferred recommendation is to retain all current facilities including Woodford, Ennerdale, Beverley Road and Albert Avenue, with a change of use of Albert Avenue’s second smaller pool hall into a multi-use area.

Deputy Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Daren Hale said:

“At a time when other councils struggle to maintain these facilities, it is great news that we will be looking to retain our neighbourhood facilities, and looking at the feasibility of a new Ice Arena.”

The report puts forward options for the current provision at Hull Arena, highlighting that further consideration be given to exploring a new ice rink in an alternative city centre location. The report acknowledges that the current arena is in poor physical condition due to its age and would require major investment for a full refurbishment. If closed for an extended period losses would be further compounded by loss of income.

Preferred new sites include Colonial St and Bond St as they are central, accessible and close to public transport links.

To ensure continuity in ice skating provision for the city, Hull Arena would remain open until the new site was complete, at which time the Kingston St centre would then be demolished.

If authorised, the report will enable a detailed investment strategy to be developed for full consideration by Cabinet in September 2017.