9th November 1998

HULL: A CITY TRANSFORMED

Three major initiatives which have transformed the face of the city of Hull were explained at a study day hosted by the School of Architecture at the University of Lincoln.

Around eighty guests heard speakers discussing a range of housing and economic development projects which have established Hull as a pioneer in the field of urban regeneration.

Barrie Matterson, regeneration manager of Hull CityVision Ltd, explained how his organisation aims to stimulate economic development in the river Hull corridor and how it is seeking to encourage the development of a new cultural and leisure quarter in Hull’s Old Town.

Hull CityVision’s biggest planned project is the creation of an aquatic visitor centre called The Deep at Sammy’s Point at the mouth of the river Hull.

Guests also heard how £100 million has been spent by the North Hull Housing Trust on renovating housing on the city’s North Hull estate.

The highlight for many in the audience was a talk by Bill Stevenson, deputy chairman of Bellway Urban Renewal, on the extensive housing and community development on 150 acres of disused land at Hull’s Victoria Dock. After lunch guests saw at first hand the work which has been achieved by Bellway on a tour of the former dock to the east of the city centre.

“There are some futuristic, novel and innovative physical developments which we’ve got coming up in Hull,” commented Paul Way of the British Urban Regeneration Association, which organised the event. “All this development has taken place against a backdrop of job losses and a decline in the economy. The city has been through some hard times, but the way in which housing projects have involved the community has been a tremendous lesson for others to follow.”

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Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

or

Sam Hendley

Press Assistant

University of Lincoln

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