By Lauren Roper on 27 June 2017
Hull City Council has been awarded £15m from the Heritage Lottery Fund that will see Hull become Yorkshire’s Maritime City, securing the city’s future as a major UK tourist destination.
The Council’s Cabinet has also committed a further £12.5m towards the five year project from the Council’s capital programme. This £27.5m project follows the wider £100m investment into Hull’s cultural and visitor infrastructure.
Putting maritime heritage at the centre of the city’s tourism offer, this is the most significant investment in a visitor attraction in Hull since the opening of The Deep in 2002.
The funding will see three key sites in the city centre and Old Town developed, including the Maritime Museum; the Dock Office Chambers and the North End Shipyard; and two historic vessels, the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship connected by a renewed and interactive streetscape through Queens Gardens, to create an exciting new visitor attraction.
It will deliver:
We also anticipate that this will give a £1.44m annual economic boost to the city, and see 302,000 visitors to Hull, Yorkshire’s Maritime City in its first year.
This announcement is a huge vote of confidence in our city, with the vision and ambition of the project reflecting several years of work of staff from the Council and Hull Culture and Leisure.
This is another major step towards achieving one of the key ambitions of the City Plan to make Hull a world-class visitor destination. Hull City Council's heartfelt thanks go to Heritage Lottery Fund and National Lottery players – it couldn’t have happened without them.