Public invited to have their say on future of Hull’s King William House

Hull residents are being given the chance to have their say on future plans for a prominent feature of the city centre.

Property developer Noble Invest and commercial property agent Garness Jones have launched a public vote to help shape plans for King William House. Located in Market Place, the former 1970s bank and office block is being regenerated as part of a multi-million-pound investment.

With the potential to offer a selection of retail, leisure, and food and drink facilities, the poll aims to ensure the development delivers exactly what Hull wants, whether it’s a new cocktail bar, clothing store, sushi restaurant, deli, or beauty salon.

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Shaun Larvin, director of Noble Invest, said: “King William House is a key development in the ongoing regeneration of Hull city centre, given its position between the Fruit Market, the Old Town, and the main city centre. If we get it right, it can become a central attraction, and we will only do that by listening to the people that will ultimately use the facilities.

“The results of the public vote will not only influence our thinking and planning, but also help us demonstrate to operators where the demand is, and what the people of our city want in King William House – it will be a powerful message to approach businesses with.”

With the ground floor now home to a Tesco store, the upper floors have been successfully converted into modern luxury apartments. King William House is also set to be home to a groundbreaking new sports business initiative developed by The Federation of Sport.

A technology-driven sporting entertainment centre, the initiative will provide a unique experience that combines sports coaching with socialising. Interested in being truly disruptive in the sporting space, The Federation of Sports boasts Paul Robinson, former England international footballer, as its head of football and innovation.

An impression of how an Integrated Sports Experience venue could look.
An impression of how an Integrated Sports Experience venue could look.

Guy Kilner, co-founder, told how the company chose King William House and Hull as a location due to its deep appreciation for the city’s vibrant sports culture and the historical significance of the development, believing it will enable the business to foster creativity, collaboration and transformation within the sports industry whilst also immersing itself in the rich heritage of Hull.

Now live to the public, those who would like to vote can either click here, and visit the Garness Jones website hosting the poll,or scan the QR codes now featured on the front of the development.

Paul White, director at Garness Jones, said: “The development of King William House has the potential to bring a wide range of businesses to the city, new and old. “If you’d welcome a household name that isn’t yet in Hull, or a much-loved local favourite, all you have to do is tell us your thoughts via our public vote.”

Cllr Paul Drake-Davis, portfolio holder for regeneration at Hull City Council, said of the initiative: “The council welcomes Noble Invest’s decision to regenerate King William House, and I personally look forward to seeing it progress. There are many opportunities for King William House and we are delighted that the company will seek the views of the public before deciding what will go into the unit.”

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