Saturday, November 27, 2021

New plans to see Albion Square development include large urban woodland

The transformational Albion Square development is set to include a large urban park as part of new plans that will be submitted to Hull City Council’s planning committee later this year.

The new design features a mixture of residential, office and retail space, as well as the large urban park and additional eco-friendly elements.

The wilding of the area will create a new green space for the city centre.

The proposal for Albion Square no longer includes an Ice Arena, with Hull City Council electing to explore other areas of the city centre for the new arena.

The plans still retain Alan Boyson’s Three Ships Mural, which will be incorporated and made a key component of the new development.

Councillor Daren Hale, leader of Hull City Council, said: “The Albion Square development is a transformational project for Hull, in the heart of our city centre. These new plans will create a city centre oasis, a place where people will be keen to live, work, relax and socialise.

“We know how important green spaces are to residents and visitors, that is why we have invested significantly in the refurbishment of Queens Gardens, Pearson Park, Pickering Park, East Park, as well as in many other parks and green spaces across the city.

“There is a huge demand for premium city centre residential property, as we’ve seen with the success of projects like the Fruit Market on the marina, so this mixture of first-class residential property and office space is the ideal option for Albion Square.

“The inclusion of an urban woodland will create an iconic city centre location that the whole city can enjoy.”

As well as the urban woodland, the new plans also include a bike hub where cyclists will be able to store bikes. The development will also include solar panels, EV charging points and other eco-friendly elements.

Councillor Hale continued: “We sit on the energy estuary and declared a climate emergency in 2019, before publishing our Hull 2030 Carbon Neutral Strategy. The proposals for Albion Square reflect our commitment to delivering sustainable and responsible projects for our city and residents.”

Detailed plans for the Albion Square development will be submitted to Hull City Council’s planning committee later this year. The development would comprise of a mixture of residential, retail and office space, with the urban woodland sitting in the heart of the project.

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