18th February 2000





A Creative Industries Development Manager is soon to be appointed to oversee the development of Hull’s Old Town as a high-tech cultural quarter.


The post will be based at 42 High Street, where the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside shares a newly refurbished workspace with Hull Time Based Arts. The appointment forms a key part of the university’s Creative Industries in Hull project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


The project got the green light at the end of last year and aims to allow SMEs in the creative sector in Hull to tap into the academic expertise and cutting-edge facilities at the university’s Faculty of Arts & Technology.


The project office will be based in the High Street but additional resources for businesses will be available at Queens Gardens, at the new IT centre in George Street and at the Hooper Building in Hull’s city centre.


“The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside shares the city’s vision of a thriving cultural quarter in the Old Town,” commented spokesman Jez Ashberry.


“If we can provide an environment in which creative industries can thrive that can only be for the benefit of both our graduates and the people of Hull.”


The recruitment of a Creative Industries Development Manager follows hard on the heels of the announcement last month of a plan to convert the Danish Buildings in the High Street into managed workspaces for creative businesses and start-up companies.


The plan, proposed by Hull City Council’s Economic Development Agency (EDA), forms part of a £1.1 million project to breathe new life into the High Street in the heart of Hull’s Old Town.

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The £332,000 Creative Industries in Hull project is the latest major investment by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside in the High Street.


In recent years the university has opened a hall of residence in a renovated warehouse (Pacific Court) and part-funded the refurbishment of 42 High Street in collaboration with Hull Time Based Arts.


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For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk