The Queens Gardens masterplan will provide enticing open spaces, improved access and seating.
The Queens Gardens refurbishment will provide enticing open spaces, improved access and seating.

£4.3m Queens Gardens plans go before councillors next week

Plans that could lead to £4.3m improvements to one of Hull’s most popular green spaces are to be considered by councillors.

The plans for Queens Gardens will next week go before Riverside Area Committee councillors, who will be given the opportunity to add comments before the designs are submitted to the council’s planning committee.

The council’s Cabinet approved plans in July to bring forward the work and carry it out in one go.

A report published by the council sets out proposals to make improvements to the south side and reintroduce the dock walls and place the gardens in an historical context of once being the largest dock in England.

The Queens Gardens masterplan will provide enticing open spaces, improved access and seating.

The Queens Gardens masterplan will provide enticing open spaces, improved access and seating.

It would see Queens Gardens become a key connection between the Maritime Museum and the proposed North End Shipyard, as part of Hull’s maritime project.

Plans would improve accessibility with new ramps, replace garden walls with heritage railings to improve visibility and clear and improve ponds, while also improving infrastructure and lighting to better cater for events.

Wilberforce Drive would be improved for pedestrians with a crossing at either end, narrowing of the highway at the existing central crossing with a proposed 20mph limit for both Wilberforce Drive and Guildhall Road. This work will be undertaken in partnership with Hull College.

Plans would also retain remembrance trees and see the planting of 200 trees to replace 156 trees that are in a poor condition or require removal due to the design of the park.

Planning permission is then expected to be submitted in late October.

A sketch of how the North End Shipyard may look once the Arctic Corsair has been dry-docked and a new visitor centre built. The site will also be home to the last ‘Scotch Derrick’ crane in Hull.