Hull City Council has announced the appointment of a contractor to build a new, state-of-the-art music, events and conference centre in the city.
Leading construction company, BAM Construction Limited, was awarded the contract following a competitive tendering exercise, having demonstrated that it offered the best value in terms of quality and price.
The company, whose previous projects include the First Direct Arena in Leeds and One Angel Square in Manchester, will begin work immediately on Stage 1 of the project involving preliminary, pre-construction services.
A revised planning application for the 3,500 Hull Venue will be submitted to Hull City Council’s Planning Committee on Monday, December 21, which will address concerns raised by the committee earlier this week, when its members refused an initial application. The revised plans will be subject to a further 21-day consultation period and will be considered again by the committee early in February.
Plans for the new venue aim to put Hull on the map as a location for major events, conferences and music concerts and are integral to Hull’s legacy planning following from its year as UK City of Culture 2017.
Situated close to the key road and rail routes in and out of Hull, the new Hull Venue will revitalise and reconnect the heart of the city centre by providing a link between the historic Old Town, the 1950s-built ‘new town’ and the city’s transport interchange and St. Stephen’s shopping centre. The aim is to provide an iconic landmark for visitors travelling to and through the city, as well as offering conference delegates and gig-goers spectacular views of Hull Marina.
If approved by Planning Committee in February, work on the development will begin later in 2016, with completion scheduled for early 2018.