Plans to build a new multi-storey car park next to a live events complex in the city centre have been submitted for approval.
If given the go-ahead, it will replace the existing car park in Osborne Street.
Initial plans for 3,500-capacity entertainment centre known as The Venue envisaged retaining the neighbouring car park. Built in 1964, the Osborne Street landmark was Hull’s first ever multi-storey car park.
But earlier this year the city council shelved that idea in favour of constructing a brand new high-rise car park instead.
The decision to demolish and start again is expected to add an extra £3.6m to the cost of The Venue project. Overall, it will now cost just under £40m with the council borrowing the money to fund the development.
The new car park design features 287 parking places on five levels.There will also be a 77-space surface car park.Two of its facades will be cloaked in light and dark grey-coloured aluminium mesh.The main approach for vehicles to the car park will be via Castle Street. There will also be a new pedestrian route leading Carr Lane.
A design and access report which forms part of the planing application says: “The proposed development reflects an important investment in a sustainable location and will provide a real opportunity to benefit from the compelling neighbouring development.”
The plans also include proposals to build a new electricity sub-station on the site and plant trees along Osborne Street.The planing application is expected to go before councillors in the next few weeks.The council hopes income from the new car park will help offset some of the running costs of the new entertainment complex.