The University of Hull has confirmed that the University will not sell The Lawns and Ferens Hall property to the Home Office or to any other purchaser who advises that their intention is to use the site for accommodation for the Home Office.
This follows the University of Hull Council’s decision in December 2022 to delay the decision on the future of the site to allow for discussions with local stakeholders.
Commenting on the decision, the vice-chancellor of the University of Hull, professor Dave Petley said: “Following the decision in December to delay the decision regarding the sale of The Lawns and Ferens Hall, the University has agreed to rule out the sale of the property to the Home Office or any other buyers who advise that they intend to use the site for accommodation for the Home Office.
“We have listened closely to the feedback from the community and, following constructive conversations with members of the community, regional MPs, the Police, the NHS, local authorities and other key stakeholders, we have taken this decision based on the concerns which have been raised.
“At its heart, the University is committed to playing a positive role in the community and it is crucial that we listen and respond to the needs of local people. While the University still intends to sell the property, we will continue to engage with key stakeholders in the region to determine a financially viable alternative for The Lawns and Ferens Hall that reflects the communities’ priorities.”