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Public Realm Investment Strategy

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Introduction

The Public Realm Investment Strategy is a priority element of the council’s City Plan, one of the plan’s five objectives is to make Hull a world class visitor destination.

The plan acknowledges the city’s unique heritage and cultural assets and the potential to capitalise on these as the focus for city centre regeneration.

The study comprises -

  • an analysis of the existing city centre public realm and a summary of key issues which impact on its performance
  • an assessment of improvements to key pedestrian routes and spaces which will enhance connectivity
  • options for investment
  • an appraisal of identified options with cost estimates
  • an outline implementation plan

Hull’s Public Realm Strategy will create a high quality, sustainable public realm that will be delivered through a coordinated programme of improvements which are undertaken holistically.

You can download the strategy below -


We welcome your feedback on the public realm strategy, which you can provide by emailing public.realm@hullcc.gov.uk or by writing to us at -

Public Realm
Major Projects and Infrastructure
3rd Floor
Earle House
Colonial Street
Hull
HU2 8JY

A series of pop up exhibitions, displaying large scale plans took place on weekends throughout September 2014, with staff available to answer questions and help visitors comment on the proposals. Additional consultation events for people with disabilities also took place at the Hull Choices and Rights Disability Coalition headquarters in Bransholme. The feedback gathered is to be used in developing the concept designs shown within the strategy into more detailed designs that will be required for the construction stage.

As part of the improvements, the council is also submitting a Stage One funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People programme for the restoration of Queens Gardens. A questionnaire was distributed to the People’s Panel in February 2015 in order to collect data on the aspects of the park that people like and dislike, along with data on the parks usage. This information will be used to inform the bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. If you would like to take part in this survey, please contact the Public Realm team using the information above.

Delivery

Ove Arup and Partners International Limited has been appointed by the council to carry out the design development, management and supervision of the city centre public realm improvements. This will allow phases one and two of the strategy to be delivered prior to 2017, subject to the council securing additional external funding. The upgrades will include new lighting designs and public art, whilst creating a greater connectivity between the different parts within the city centre.

Following design development work, the council will also be appointing a separate construction contractor to deliver the improvement works on the ground.

The council will ensure that the timetable for the works on the ground is communicated to the public, local businesses and city centre stakeholders as soon as it is available in order to minimise any disruption.

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