£15m Hilton hotel set to create 60 jobs in Hull city centre
A NEW £15 million city centre hotel has been given the go-ahead by council planners.
The proposed development at the site of the former Heaven and Hell nightclub in Anne Street is expected to create 60 permanent jobs.
According to the company behind the scheme, it will be operated under the Hilton Garden Inn brand by the world-famous Hilton leisure group.
The application by East Yorkshire developers Manor Property Group did not go before the city's planning committee because it did not attract any objections.
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Instead, it was approved by city council planning officers under delegated decision-making powers.
Speaking to the Mail when the plans were first submitted, Manor's head of hotel development Mark Bailey said: "This is fantastic news for Hull in the midst of a recession.
"The development in Hull means Manor will build a much-needed high- quality hotel in the centre of the city.
"The development will support the existing business and academic community, the emerging renewable energy sector and provide a purpose-built venue for celebrations and events which will prevent the loss of business and leisure visitors to hotels outside the city due to lack of suitable accommodation."
The plans for the new eight-storey building include 132 bedrooms, a gym, a ground-floor restaurant and a conference and events area capable of accommodating up to 300 delegates or 250 diners.
There will also be a first-floor rooftop garden.
Operating as a three-to-four star hotel, it will overlook the junction of Anne Street and Osbourne Street, close to Kingston Communications' headquarters in Carr Lane.
It will also be a stone's throw away from the Ibis hotel in Osborne Street.
Manor has attracted some criticism for a lack of visible progress at a number of key sites it has acquired in Hull in recent years.
It currently owns the undeveloped western end of St Andrew's Dock, the derelict former Clarence Mills complex next to Drypool Bridge and the old Co-op store in Jameson Street.
Last week, the company submitted a planning application to build student flats at the former fish dock.
However, before the hotel scheme was approved, Manor said it hoped to start work on the site as soon as possible, with a view to opening the business in July 2013.
Demolition of the former nightclub, which has been closed since 2006, and the construction of the hotel is expected to secure about 200 jobs in the building industry.
Manor's proposals for the hotel are based on an innovative design by Makin Architecture, of Manchester.
Director Ray Makin said: "We are delighted to be able to design such a high-quality hotel which will help to regenerate this part of Hull city centre.
"We see the building as elegant and stylish, finished with materials that will exude class whilst withstanding the elements.
"The extensive use of glass is intended to create a lively and vibrant street frontage designed to be welcoming to the people of Hull and visitors to the city."
The new hotel has not been designed to include any dedicated car parking of its own.
Instead, an accompanying report submitted with the planning application for the hotel says it will rely on being close to city centre public transport facilities as well as the nearby multi-storey car park in Osborne Street which is currently operating at 50 per cent of its capacity.
The Hilton Garden Inn brand is being rolled out across the UK, with new hotels in Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Luton.