Hull appoints contractor to build new conference centre

Hull City Council has appointed a contractor to build a new, state-of-the-art music, events and conference centre in the city.

BAM Construction Limited, was awarded the contract following a competitive tendering exercise, after showing that it offered the best value.

The original plan for the centre was rejected by the council this week.

A revised planning application for the 3,500 Hull venue will be submitted to planning committee on Monday, which officers claim will address concerns raised by the committee. The revised plans will be subject to a further 21-day consultation period and will be considered again by the committee early in February.

The centre will include a 3,500 capacity concert auditorium, with the flexibility to reduce to a 2,500 all-seated event and a 2,000m2 exhibition space, plus an 800-capacity conference auditorium.

Hull City Council has committed £36.2m towards the cost of building the complex on the site behind Princes Quay shopping centre, where new retail facilities and a hotel are proposed. The investment will also modernise the adjacent Osborne Street car park.

Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of the Council, said: “I am absolutely committed to this landmark project, which is critical to the development of the city and our plans to make Hull a world-class visitor destination.

“We will formally hand over the City of Culture title to another city in 2020, but this development will allow us to continue to attract events capable of delivering a big economic impact beyond that.”

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