Major regeneration works continue to progress at Brunswick Arcade to bring this large-scale landmark building back into full economic use. The scheme will create new residential accommodation over ground-floor retail units and will deliver a new frontage that is in keeping with the local Conservation Area.
The works, which will contribute significantly towards the regeneration of the historic Beverley Road area, will replicate the original arcade through use of traditional materials, and will work to reflect the grand scale of the original design.
Stabilisation and hand-demolition works are currently under way on site and are expected to be completed before spring 2022. The stabilisation process is critical to ensure the long-term future of the building and involves the installation of both metal restraint straps and threaded metal straps to the brickwork at the first and second-floor levels. Once this is completed, construction work will begin on the building’s façade, which is anticipated to be completed by winter 2022.
Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council, said:
“It’s exciting to see the progress that has been made on the Brunswick Arcade, and I’m sure everyone in the local area is looking forward to seeing the arcade being restored to its former grandeur – as well as bringing in new spaces for business and residential options.
“We want to thank everyone for their patience and co-operation so far with the project, and road users and pedestrians for following advice and guidance when travelling around the arcade area.”
Road users are reminded to expect delays and are encouraged to avoid the area at peak times where possible. The area between Norfolk Street and Trafalgar Street on Beverley Road is reduced to two lanes, meaning that all vehicles will share the carriageway. Traffic flow is being maintained in two directions, with one lane northbound and one lane southbound remaining open throughout the works.
Pedestrians are also reminded to follow all signage and to cross Beverley Road at the pedestrian crossings, which are signposted clearly around the area of the works. Local businesses remain open as usual, which is highlighted on signage around the works.
The restoration is part of the Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Hull City Council.
David Renwick, Director of England, North at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Investing in heritage means investing in the community it belongs to, which is why we are delighted to see the progress to Brunswick Arcade as part of the Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme.
“Thanks to National Lottery players, this will not only preserve this important heritage to be enjoyed by locals and visitors from further afield, but will also play a significant role in boosting the local economy and aiding the wider regeneration of Hull.”