Redevelopment set to begin at derelict arcade

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Major restoration work to the historic Brunswick Arcade in Beverley Road, Hull, will begin next month.

Following a review of the building’s structure, Hull City Council has confirmed redevelopment works must start immediately, in the interests of public safety.

The section of the arcade behind the scaffolding has been vacant for over ten years and is a target for arson and antisocial behaviour. 

Hull City Council is advising road users to expect delays and to avoid the area at peak times where possible.

Councillor Daren Hale, leader of the council, said: “Brunswick Arcade is a key building on Beverley Road’s skyline, but it has been a blot on the landscape for too long.  This work will secure this heritage building.

“This will mean a single lane in both directions and the closure of the bus lane for a small section of Beverley Road. I know as a road user of this route this is frustrating, but we cannot take any chances with public safety.”

Ward councillor for central ward, Councillor Aneesa Akbar, said: “It’s fantastic to see work start on this eyesore that has blighted the city centre end of Beverley Road for many years.

“The area is currently undergoing significant regeneration and Brunswick Arcade is a major part of that picture. I would like to offer huge thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund who have made much of this work possible.”

Local contractor Houlton & Sons Ltd will begin work on 11 October.

The contract is worth nearly £2.2m and will involve the careful demolition and clearance of the existing remaining structure at these premises, plus a rebuild of the structure to create shell retail units on the ground floor, and fully completed residential apartments on the first, second, and third floor levels.