Georgia (08-10) and Charlie Allenby (07-10) of Hull-based commercial property development firm Allenby Commercial are putting forward a project to convert an existing row of shops and offices directly opposite Holy Trinity Church in the city’s Old Town into overnight accommodation.
Under the hotel scheme, which is subject to securing planning permission, the property in North Church Side will be converted into up to 30 short-stay apartments.
Georgia, the company’s design co-ordinator, said: “As soon as planning is approved, we would be looking to start on site.
“The idea is to be open by March or April 2016, giving us almost a full trading year before 2017 and the City of Culture year.
“2017 has been a big inspiration for us because if you have family or friends visiting Hull there isn’t really any accommodation like this in the city centre at the moment.
“Most other city centres have boutique hotels, but not Hull.”
She said the location almost picked itself.
“Being next to Holy Trinity Church and the square is a fantastic setting. If it takes off as we hope it will, we would look at opening another in the city centre.”
A design statement accompanying the planning application for the facelift scheme says: “The building is to have both an internal and external refurbishment to improve the fabric of the building and create an internal layout to suit the new use.
“The ground-floor apartments will each have small front courtyard garden space to improve the aesthetic of the building and environment at street level.
“These improvements will also allow living spaces to sit back from the street and provide privacy and security for the occupants.
“Improvements to the external facing materials include the upgrade of the glass to improve the acoustic and thermal qualities, to the painting of the external brickwork to a grey matt finish.
“Minor changes to the bay windows, fascia and guttering will give the building a lift and re-energize the surrounding area and improve the setting for the Holy Trinity Church and public square.”
The proposed boutique hotel in North Church Side is the latest in a series of recently announced schemes earmarked for the area around Trinity Square.
The square itself is being redesigned as part of a £25m makeover of the city centre’s public realm ahead of the City of Culture celebrations.
Part of that work will also complement a £4.5m refurbishment at Holy Trinity Church.
As well as changes to the internal layout of England’s largest parish church, most of the existing Victorian era boundary walls are set to be removed to open up views across the square.
Next door, in the Trinity Indoor Market, a £1.6m facelift scheme is planned in a joint venture between Hull City Council and Hull College.
Under the plans, the 1904 landmark will be modernised and will include a new training restaurant operated by college students.
The council is also putting together a £900,000 package of grants and loans together aimed at attracting new business start-ups in the Old Town area to help transform its fortunes.
(Source: Hull Daily Mail, 4 February 2015)