The proposals for Quay West involve a major £300 million redevelopment of the area surrounding the Princes Quay Shopping Centre and will transform this part of the city centre. The plans have been put forward by the joint owners of Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Henderson Global Investors and Invista Real Estate Investment Management.
The development is based around the creation of a new dedicated retail and leisure zone within the city, providing space to accommodate flagship stores for retailers not yet represented in Hull. These retail and leisure facilities will create a vibrant and fresh focal point for both daytime shopping and evening leisure activities thus providing attractions for both residents and visitors alike.
The scheme is built around six new 'city blocks' and a series of new streets and public spaces with good linkages into the rest of the city centre, Princes Quay Shopping Centre and the waterfront across Castle Street.
Most of the development will be new, although some existing buildings will be retained and included within the scheme such as the Castle Buildings and the 'Ask' warehouse. The proposals also allow for the retention of the Earl de Grey public house.
The defining characteristic of the Quay West Development will be the creation of distinctive open spaces, streets and squares, the design of which will reflect and enhance Hull's historic street patterns and will serve to link Quay West to the rest of the city.
The centrepiece of the new development will be 'New Roper Street' - a two-level street with shops at ground and first floor levels - and two public spaces - 'Braves Square' and a new main square (yet to be named).
The development will be easily accessible by bus, train, cycle, and on foot. Car parking will be provided across the tops of the buildings with an entrance from Castle Street and exit via Osborne Street to Ferensway.
The new extension will be linked to the existing Princes Quay Shopping Centre, which will also be comprehensively refurbished, including housing a state of the art 10-screen cinema on the Top Deck. Vue Cinemas has been confirmed as the operator of the new cinema, due to open towards the end of this year.
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