Work to improve a key landmark on Beverley Road has got underway.
The Grade II listed Stepney Station, at 183 Beverley Road will undergo a series of repairs to breathe new life into the community and education centre.
Repairs will be made to the slate roof, lead flashing and sash windows, repointing the chimneys and stonework as well as the replacement of PVC guttering with cast iron, and the decoration of timber windows, doors and frames. The works will restore original or heritage-appropriate features of the building and help to maintain the historic character of the wider area.
Councillor Paul Drake-Davis, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Housing, said: “Beverley Road is one of the main gateways in and out of the city with many important historic buildings.
“This scheme enables the council to work with property owners to conserve and reinstate traditional architecture to improve the streetscape, protect our heritage, and importantly bring properties back into use for the local community.
“It is great to see Stepney Station receive these improvements and I look forward to seeing the work finished.
“Our thanks go to the National Lottery Heritage Fund who have financed this work. It’s through their generosity and that of all those that play the National Lottery that a project like this and many others across the city, are made a reality.”
Zeki Tasdemir from Summit Education Society, who are based at Stepney Station, said: “The works begin at Stepney Station. We are excited about the changes these improvements will bring, not only to the building itself but also to the heart of the local community.
“We firmly believe that these works will revitalise Stepney Station’s architecture, ensuring a visually striking landmark and represent a remarkable opportunity to transform the building’s liveliness, convenience, and safe place for the community. As we all know since it was built, Stepney Station served the community and will continue to serve.
“We are proud to embark on this journey and work hand in hand with the Hull City Council and local community throughout the process.”
The works are being completed as part of the Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme and reflect the council’s commitment to protecting and celebrating Hull’s history. The scheme is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which has been working with property owners, local businesses, and the local community to conserve, restore, reinstate, and promote the heritage of Beverley Road and help bring historic buildings back into use.
This latest project follows a wide-ranging programme of work in the Beverley Road Conservation Area, including improvement and restoration works to Pendrill House, the former branch of Hull Savings Bank, which was identified as a priority to receive improvements.
Work saw the unique two-storey corner building, with its distinctive clock turret, receive extensive repairs to the upper floors which were currently in very poor condition. Repairs were made to the slate roof and chimneys, the turret’s decorative timber and original sash windows, as well as repairs to stonework.
The scheme, which covers the southern end of the Beverley Road Conservation Area, between Queens Road and Freetown Way, comprises several initiatives including the grant-giving programme, for the repair and reinstatement of traditional features to the exterior of target properties such as Stepney Station, 183 Beverley Road.