Pegasus Group recently acted as planning agent for Vinci Construction Ltd on behalf of the Major Projects Team for Hull City Council to achieve Reserved Matters Planning Consent for the redevelopment of the Albion Square site in Hull City Centre.

Pegasus provided both planning and heritage services for the approved development, which consists of 226 new residential units, as well as Grade A office space (3548m2), supporting retail space (1990m2), a multi-storey car park, a bike hub and the creation of a new urban park with associated hard and soft landscaping works and the creation of new blue infrastructure.

Speaking at Hull’s planning committee meeting on 18th October, Peter Hopkins (Associate Planner – Leeds office) stated that “the scheme was pivotal for Hull’s continued growth and future regeneration.”

Peter also explained to Hull’s Planning Committee members that “the plans respond to the Council’s climate change emergency declaration, notably with the creation of an urban park will help to generate gains for biodiversity in the city centre and improve surface water drainage retention and air quality. The landscaping works would result in improvements that exceed 400% of the current biodiversity value of the site. Resulting in huge gains for the natural environment and flood resilience.

The floor space created would achieve ‘Excellent’ energy efficiency ratings to attract new investment into Hull.

The proposals would deliver important new housing stock for the city centre, including some affordable provisions. The development will support around 780 roles on-site and in the wider economy over the construction period and would result in approximately 386 gross FTE jobs post-construction. The investment and expenditure forecasted are highly significant for Hull’s economy.

The proposals also involve the reintegration of the Three Ships Mural by Alan Boyson, a notable city centre landmark and a Grade II listed structure. The scheme also retains two unlisted Boyson murals and will incorporate these murals into the new development, ensuring that these locally significant non-designated heritage assets are kept, and better revealed for current and future generations.”In assessing the impacts, the proposals would have on heritage assets, and their settings, Laura Garcia (Heritage Director – Leeds) provided a detailed Heritage Statement for the Reserved Matters application, the findings of which were supported by Historic England and local conversionist groups.

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