Hull puts LUF cash to work at Castle Buildings
The grade two-listed property will be brought back to life with Levelling Up Fund support, feeding into a wider regeneration project led by Wykeland Group.
Castle Buildings LLP, a Wykeland development vehicle, has been awarded £162,081.60 from Hull City Council’s government-backed fund towards restoring the eponymous property.
The Waterhouse Lane site will be restored to support the future occupation of 3,766 sq ft of city centre floorspace.
This funding amounts to 8.2% of a large-scale project which will bring almost £2m of capital investment into Hull, the council said.
The grant award for Castle Buildings supports the wider site development, conceived and being delivered by Hull-based Wykeland Group, which includes reconstruction of the historic Earl de Grey pub.
Plans feature a nine-storey hotel with 150 bedrooms, as well as public realm works.
Cllr Paul Drake-Davis, the council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “Castle Buildings is a much-loved heritage building in our city centre, but one which has stood empty for some time.
“I am delighted to see that the council has been able to support its regeneration through Levelling Up Funding.
“Castle Buildings is part of the wider, large-scale project which, once completed, will bring further work and leisure opportunities to the city centre.”
Jonathan Stubbs, development director of Wykeland, said: “We’re pleased this project has received the funding to support its delivery.
“It recognises the importance of restoring and bringing back into use this landmark building and we anticipate work beginning in early 2024. This will be another significant step in Hull’s ongoing regeneration, which Wykeland Group is proud to be playing a major role in.”
- Read Place Yorkshire’s Q&A with Wykeland managing director Dominic Gibbons