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Yorkshire’s Maritime City: New exhibition reveals plans to celebrate Hull

Ambitious multi-million pound plans to reinvigorate Hull's maritime facilities are being revealed today.

Everyone's being asked for their views on the £27 million project through a citywide roadshow which is at Hull Trinity Market from tomorrow (25 April).

Design sketch of an event in the new Arctic Corsair’s new home in the North End Shipyard. Credit: Artist impressions

The project is being funded by the council and the National Lottery - if a grant bid is successful.

The plans will see the regeneration of the Arctic Corsair, North End Shipyard, Spurn Lightship, Dock Office Chambers and the Hull Maritime Museum.

The Right Whale skeleton will remain as core parts of the display. Credit: Artist impressions

The ‘story so far’ exhibition will show visitors what the plans will look like when finished in 2022.

If Hull succeeds in securing £13.6m of National Lottery Heritage Fund funding, work to create the major new attraction will begin later this year.

Design sketch of how the North End Shipyard may look once the Arctic Corsair has been dry-docked and a new visitor centre built. The site will also be home to the last ‘Scotch Derrick’ crane in Hull. Credit: Artist impressions

Trinity Market will be the first of seven locations across the city to host the travelling roadshow, offering the public the opportunity to see how the restored Arctic Corsair will look in a permanent home to become a new, must-see visitor attraction in a former dock at the North End Shipyard.

Mark Jones MBE, Hull City Council’s Director of Regeneration, said:

These plans show the continuing ambition of the council and its partners to cement Hull into a world-class visitor destination by making the most of its remarkable heritage as an international maritime city. As with our year as UK City of Culture, our aim is to regenerate our city and to use culture and heritage to boost economic prosperity and improve people’s lives right across the city.

"Over the past year, more than 10,000 people have given their ideas and suggestions on how they would like to see their city’s maritime heritage brought to life for all to enjoy. Now, we’d like everyone in the city to give us their views on the detailed plans and to show their support as we prepare to submit our bid for the funding to ensure this exciting project becomes a reality.”

– Mark Jones MBE

This project alone will bring an additional £2.86m a year into the local economy and attract over 300,000 visitors into the city. Added to the greater offer this project continues the regeneration of the city through its culture and heritage.

The animated floor will make you feel like you’re walking on a seabed. Credit: Artist impressions

The plans continue the work that started in 2013 to transform our city, the legacy of UK City of Culture and also complement ongoing projects that form part of the City Plan, which includes the 12 key sites that offer unique and exciting possibilities for investment and plans for a cruise terminal to be built on the Humber. Mark Jones continued:

As the key legacy project from Hull’s tenure UK City of Culture, this project will stand on the shoulders of previous successful projects such as The Bonus Arena, Hull New Theatre and the refurbished Ferens Art Gallery, as well as the significant investment in the city centre’s public realm.

"They all have made an enormous contribution to driving the city forward to record levels of investment, economic growth, employment and housing completions.

“The council has shown it can deliver projects of this scale and importance and we are determined to drive forward further regeneration, making Hull a better place to live, learn and work. This investment in our past is an investment in our future.”

– Mark Jones
  • The public will have the opportunity to view, comment and speak to council staff on the proposals at Hull Trinity Market until Thursday 2 May and will be on site at the exhibition from 10am - 3pm daily.