Hull City Council have confirmed their plans to ‘save and restore’ the iconic Three Ships mural on the old BHS building as part of the new Albion Square development.
Planning approval was originally given to the estimated £130 million Albion Square development back in April 2019 but faced problems keeping the original mural as part of the plans when large amounts of asbestos were found in samples.
A campaign to save the mural was launched and secured a Grade II listed status for it. And now their work has paid off as the council confirmed yesterday it is has now found a way to save it as part of the new development.
Mark Jones, Director of Regeneration for Hull City Council said: “We hope to have found a way to save and restore the mural and then incorporate it into revised designs, which we will be submitting for planning permission later this year.”
The mixed-use development was originally sought by Hull City Council in 2018 and will feature high-quality retail, housing, leisure and enhanced parking facilities set around an enclosed courtyard.
It is also intended to house a brand new ice arena.
The 1.7-hectare Albion Square development site encompasses the Edwin Davis Building, the former BHS and Co-Op building and the Albion Street car park.
The outline planning application, which was approved today, includes plans to retain the BHS Three Ships Mural, as well as two internal handmade Alan Boyson murals.
Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration, has previously said: “The Albion Square development is a key site in the council’s long-term strategy for the city centre.
“Featuring high-quality and modern retail spaces, accommodation and leisure facilities, the development will have a massive impact on the city centre economy and other city centre businesses.
“The council has pushed, and continues to push, for investment and change in the city centre that can benefit our high streets and responds to the changing demands on city centres.
“We are delighted that the council’s vision for Hull could be realised – it’s a truly exciting time.”