Jobs to be created at leisure and social venue

Dozens of city centre jobs will be created at a new leisure and social venue in Hull.

Hull City Council has allocated £400,000 of external funding to Federation of Sport Ltd to bring back into use more than 16,000 sq ft of vacant floor space at Unit 7, King William House.

The unit has been empty for an extended period but will now host a new facility as part of the Lowgate building’s overall regeneration in recent years.

It will involve installation of the latest sports technology, including audio-visual equipment, as well as two bars and communal areas and a fully-fitted, commercial-grade kitchen.

The overall cost of the works is projected to be almost £2m, meaning more than £1.5m of private capital is being invested.

At least 43 full-time equivalent jobs are expected to be created as a result.

Garry Taylor, assistant director of major projects, culture and place at the council, said: “King William House has seen significant regeneration in recent times and it’s pleasing to see another plan come to fruition.

“City centre grants have unlocked so much potential for Hull and I’m happy that the council has been able to provide further support.”