Plans for a state-of-the-art 3,500-seater music and events centre and the redevelopment of Hull’s historic Beverley Gate have been given the go-ahead by councillors.
Hull City Council’s Planning Committee have approved plans for the Hull Venue which, it is hoped, will put Hull on the UK map as a location for major events, shows and music concerts.
The plans include the building of the new centre, alongside the cladding of Osborne Street carpark and additional public spaces in a currently derelict area on Myton Street behind Princes Quay.
The centre will include a 3,500 capacity concert auditorium with the flexibility to reduce to a 2,500 all-seated event and a 2,000 square metre exhibition space plus 800 capacity conference auditorium. It is also predicted that the scheme will deliver 30 full time jobs with 100–150 temporary jobs on event days.
Councillor Steven Bayes, portfolio holder for visitor destination, said: “The approval of this scheme is key to making Hull a top visitor destination and to securing a long-term legacy from our year as UK City of Culture.
“We will formally hand over the City of Culture title to another city in 2020, but this development will allow us to continue to attract events capable of delivering a big economic impact beyond that.
“Importantly, it will deliver a large number long-term jobs for our local workforce and young people, which is part of the legacy that we want to deliver for Hull and the city.”
The council has committed £36.2 million towards the cost of building the complex on the site behind Princes Quay shopping centre and this investment will also modernise Osborne Street carpark. The venue is scheduled to open in 2018 as part of the city’s legacy programme.