Bid for major maritime regeneration project in Hull

Bid for major maritime regeneration project in Hull

Bid for major maritime regeneration project in Hull

Hull City Council have invited local companies to bid for a major maritime regeneration project in the city centre.

Businesses can submit tenders for the extensive refurbishment of one of the Hull Maritime Museum, and the Dock Office Chambers.

It has also recently been announced that two of Hull’s historic ships are to receive a major refurbishment.

The regeneration project will restore some of the original features of the Hull Maritime Museum.

New visitor facilities will also be installed, with the second floor and domes of the building opening to the public.

Plans also include a new three storey foyer that the council hope “will draw people into the heart of the building and central core, providing a visually stunning and thematic introduction to the galleries beyond.”

New viewing balconies will also be created in this central area, to help visitors to orientate themselves within the new galleries.

The project, funded by Hull City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is a key cultural regeneration scheme in the city centre.

The aim is to protect and celebrate 800 years of Hull’s maritime heritage.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration, planning, land and property, said:

“This is a key milestone in the project as we move forward with another exciting regeneration project in the city.

“The transformation of key maritime treasures will have a considerable impact on the city centre, its economy as well as attracting additional visitors.

“This significant investment to the much-loved and well known museum and former dock offices will give the city a world-class museum it deserves, right in the heart of its city centre.”

Prior to works starting, 50,000 objects will need to be carefully packed and moved from the museum.

The refurbishment is expected to take 18 months to complete, and then the task to install the new displays and exhibitions will get underway, which is expected to take approximately a year to complete.

The museum is expected to reopen in early 2024.

The tender documents are available here, and the deadline is Monday 28 September.

The investment will see exciting changes at the Grade II* Hull Maritime Museum, the Dock Office Chambers, the North End Shipyard and two historic vessels, the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship.

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