Hull North End Shipyard Dock Office Row

Hull reveals maritime heritage plan

Simon Stephens, 04.07.2017
City wants to build on its status as UK City of Culture 2017
Hull City Council has revealed a multimillion plan to showcase its maritime heritage.

The Heritage Lottery Fund announced last week that it had given the scheme £15m while Hull City Council has committed £12.5m for the £27.5m project.

The seven-year plan is designed to reconnect the city to its waterfront, tell the story of Hull’s role as a centre for international trade, commerce and exploration, and build on its year as the UK City of Culture 2017.

“This project will allow us to bring this story to life while regenerating and re-connecting this historic area back into the heart of the city,” said Stephen Brady, the leader of the council.

“It is the next major step towards our vision for Hull as a world-class visitor destination and another clear demonstration of our commitment to securing a lasting legacy from our year as UK City of Culture.”

The plans represent the biggest investment in a visitor attraction in Hull since The Deep aquarium was opened in 2002.

The project will include the transformation of three historic sites and two ships, connected by a renewed and interactive streetscape.

Hull City Council’s £12.5m capital investment follows its wider £100m investment in the city’s cultural and visitor infrastructure, which aims to ensure that the area secures a lasting benefit from its year as UK City of Culture. Projects have included the refurbishment of the Ferens Art Gallery.