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.
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.

Hull’s major maritime project is given go-ahead by Planning Committee

Plans to transform some of Hull’s maritime treasures have been given the go-ahead by planners.

The decision by Hull City Council’s Planning Committee now means if the £13.6m bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund is successful, 800 years of Hull’s seafaring history would be protected and promoted by the creation the best maritime trail in the north of England.

A decision is expected to be made by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in the autumn and work could start as soon as early 2020.

Today’s decision has agreed:

  • an extensive refurbishment to Hull Maritime Museum, opening up more architecture and displaying more of the significant collection
  • a new two-storey new visitor attraction at the North End Shipyard, incorporating the new dry-berth for the Arctic Corsair and a two-storey visitor centre
  • to the relocation and restoration of the 20th century Scotch Derrick crane.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration, planning, land and property, said: “Today’s decision is a significant step forward in our ambitious plans to celebrate our rich maritime history.

The redesign of the Wharfage room gallery at the Hull Maritime Museum.

The redesign of the Wharfage room gallery at the Hull Maritime Museum.

“The approval of this scheme will not only protect and transform our maritime sites, it will give us the opportunity to showcase our compelling story as a thriving maritime city and making Hull an attractive place to visit, adding to our fantastic tourism and cultural offer.”

The five key maritime treasures in the heart of Hull city centre are the Arctic Corsair, North End Shipyard, Spurn Lightship, Dock Office Chambers and the striking Hull Maritime Museum.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded Hull’s major maritime project £1.4m to develop plans. The council has committed £10m and a fundraising campaign is under way to find the remaining £2.6m.

Learn more about the project here.

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