Members of the public will today be asked to choose their preferred design for improving the public realm at Hull’s historic Beverley Gate.

After listening to feedback from local residents and other stakeholders on the evolving plans for the site, Hull City Council has commissioned two new, radically different designs that will be put to public consultation.

Both designs aim to celebrate the historic significance of the site where, in 1642, Sir John Hotham refused Charles I entry to the city, an act of defiance widely acknowledged as the spark that ignited the English Civil War.

  • Option 1 goes back to the original proposal retains the visibility of the walls. This current access would be 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. There will be space for people to circulate around the walls but the route through to Whitefriargate will be tighter than Option 2.
  • Option 2 will see Beverley Gate filled in, preserving the walls in situ. The area will be covered by a public green space with large lawns and new trees, providing a space for people to sit and relax and a clear route into Whitefriargate and the Old Town.  The Beverley Gate will be marked by a specially commissioned map, etched into the stone surface, showing the extent of Hull’s historic Old Town

The two new options for the redevelopment of the monument will be on display online and at consultation events in Princes Quay for the next fortnight, offering the public the opportunity to express their views.  Work to deliver the preferred option will begin in spring 2016, subject to approval by the Planning Committee early in the New Year.

Hull City Council Portfolio Holder for UK City of Culture and Destination Hull, Councillor Steven Bayes, said:

“We have listened to the feedback received during the summer on both previous options and feel these newly developed options reflect the different views voiced by the public and other stakeholders.

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

“Whilst completely different in approach, both of the options should be considered.”

The public survey will go live on Hull City Council’s website from 6am on Monday 30 November and will be open until 5.30pm on Monday 14 December. The public will be offered the chance to choose their preferred option and give feedback on the proposed plans.

Plans will also be on display at Princes Quay with members of the council’s Major Projects team on hand to answer questions and discuss the plans, as well as cast their vote. Events will take place on the Monument Bridge entrance to Princes Quay:

  • Monday 30 November – 10am – 2pm
  • Thursday 3 December – 12-2pm and 6-8pm
  • Friday 4 December – 12-2pm
  • Saturday 5 December – 12-2pm
  • Thursday 10 December – 12-2pm and 6-8pm
  • Friday 11 December – 12-2pm
  • Saturday 12 December – 12-2pm

The preferred option and all feedback received will be included as part of the application that will go to Planning Committee early in the new year.