Plans for the transformation of one of Hull’s landmark buildings have been approved.
Work to redevelop the distinctive gold-clad Europa House could start within months after permission was granted for an upgrade that could create 600 jobs.
The plans by developers Allenby Commercial would see the building on the corner of Anlaby Road and Ferensway rebranded as Monocle.
They feature modern office space to attract a range of businesses to the building, which was built in 1975.
A stylish cafe-bar and lounge area would be added to the ground floor of the six-storey building under the plans, which include a secure entrance to offices above for tenants who will have exclusive use of a roof terrace cafe.
Councillor Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council, said: “These plans would see yet another exciting redevelopment of a landmark city centre building.
“Alongside other developments such as the K2 building and the upcoming Albion Square project, it shows investors are continuing to choose Hull’s high-quality city centre featuring modern, attractive office spaces, served by excellent leisure, housing and independent retail offers.”
Allenby Commercial has already delivered city centre renovations including office space at Minster Corner and WORX, the Hideout Hotel regeneration from ageing retail and office units in the Old Town and the niche shopping, food and drink outlets in Paragon Arcade.
Europa House benefits rail and bus links from the adjacent transport interchange, while plans include car parking on site and storage space for at least 20 cycles as well as shower and changing facilities.
Charlie Allenby, development manager at Allenby Commercial, said: “We’re in discussions now with a number of potential tenants who have been attracted by the location of Monocle, offering the widest range of transport options and by the concept of combining office space with leisure and relaxation facilities.
“Europa House has been a landmark for more than 40 years yet was still hidden away to a degree. Monocle will stand out for its design and will also be opened up with areas to entice and excite the public.”