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.

Plans to bring forward £4.3m Queens Gardens refurbishment approved

Plans have been approved by Cabinet this morning to bring forward the £4.3m Queens Gardens refurbishment.

The work will now be carried out in one single approach, rather than a phased approach as first planned.

£1m had already been allocated by Hull City Council’s Cabinet for the refurbishment. This morning a further £3.3m of funding from the capital programme was approved.

The funding will be reallocated from the Hull’s cruise terminal programme, with that funding replaced in later years when the cruise terminal scheme progresses to a potential delivery stage.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration, said: “Queens Gardens is a key component of the city centre. By improving the gardens, we can create a more desirable green space which will draw more people into the heart of the city.

“It makes sense to reallocate money from the capital programme to allow us to deliver the project sooner and more cost-effectively.”

As part of the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project, the entire gardens and boundaries, which was once the largest dock in the UK, will now be refurbished in one single integrated scheme.

The gardens, as well as being a much-loved open space, are a key element in the maritime history of Hull and will connect the Hull Maritime Museum and the North End Shipyard – a new visitor attraction for Hull.