M&S left in 2019. Credit: Hull City Council

Wykeland secures LUF backing to revive Hull M&S

Hull City Council will provide around £150,000 from its Levelling Up Fund pot towards renovation at the former Marks & Spencer store at 40-44 Whitefriargate.

The local authority’s contribution amounts to around 50% of the total estimated renovation cost, with Wykeland Properties stumping up the remainder.

M&S closed its doors for good at the site in May 2019.

The LUF grant will support works to make the property safe and viable for long-term occupancy, including the removal of remaining asbestos and the installation of lighting, a disabled toilet and a new fire alarm system

Around 30,000 sq ft of currently unused city centre floor space will be brought back into use as the grade two-listed building is brought back into working condition.

Cllr Paul Drake-Davis, portfolio holder for regeneration at the council, said: “The former M&S building is one of the most prominent on Whitefriargate, both for its size and heritage characteristics.

“I am delighted that the council is able to support renovation works through its LUF grant scheme and I hope to see the building occupied soon.”

Working with other key parties, Wykeland last year started a programme of interventions in the Whitefriargate area

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