D-day looms for campaigners battling to save Hull's Lord Line from demolition

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 23 Aug 2017

A campaigner battling to save the Lord Line building for demolition is preparing for D-day.

An application by the Manor Property Group to demolish the iconic building is set to go before Hull City Council’s planning committee within the next couple of weeks.

Natalie Taylor, who was born and bred in Hessle Road, has been fighting to save the Lord Line and launched a petition which has already attracted more than 1,500 signatures.

She is now looking at setting up a group to try and secure the Lord Line’s future.

Ms Taylor said: “There is a lot of backing to save the Lord Line and regenerate the St Andrew’s Dock area.

“Since launching the petition I have had a lot of positive feedback and people want to get involved.

“I believe the planning meeting will be at the beginning of September and there will be a public meeting to discuss how we approach that and who will speak.

“The building is not secure which is dangerous but I don’t think the building itself is dangerous. Despite all the vandalism, I think it is still structurally sound and could last another 100 years.”

The Lord Line building is "full of asbestos and the floors, joists and ceilings are rotten"


READ MORE: Plans submitted to demolish the Lord Line building in Hull


The landmark former trawler company offices on St Andrew’s Dock have been empty since the early 1970s.

Hopes of reusing the building have stalled in recent years under the ownership of the Manor Property Group.

The company secured planning permission to build a student accommodation campus at the dock several years ago. That scheme included converting the Lord Line into offices.

However, nothing has happened at the site since then apart from the demolition of the adjacent former Marr Fisheries building and constant vandalism, including several fires.

Ms Taylor believes the building could have any number of uses.

She said: “I would personally like to see it turned into a museum and a heritage centre and for the whole dock to become a better place.

“But it could be a hotel and restaurant – there are a thousand and one things it could be.”

Natalie Taylor has launched a petition and is planning to set up a group to save the Lord Line from demolition (Image: Jerome Ellerby)


READ MORE: Campaign to save Lord Line from demolition passes 1,000 signatures


Manor has submitted two planning applications to demolish the Lord Line and the nearby hydraulic tower and pump house, which once provided power for the entire dock.

The pump house is a grade two listed building but has also suffered extensive vandalism in recent years.

In the planning application Manor says: “There have been fires and trespass in recent years to the extent that it is now considered dangerous to public health and safety.”

Groups of kids have been going to the Lord Line building as part of a social media craze

The Lord Line is not nationally listed but has been locally listed by Hull City Council for its historic importance.

Both lie in an official Conservation Area covering the old dock, which was once home to the world’s largest deep-water fishing fleet.

If the planning committee refuses the application to demolish the Lord Line then Ms Taylor will look to set up a group to secure the site’s future.

She said: “Nothing is set in stone yet but we are looking at setting up the St Andrew’s Regeneration and Redevelopment Group.

“We would hope the council may issue a compulsory purchase order and then we could look and raising funds and getting investment to transform the building.

“I am Hessle Road born and bred and my six uncles were all fishermen. I want our heritage protected.”

Ward councillors Daren Hale and Nadine Fudge also hope the Lord Line can be retained.

Cllr Hale said: “The issue for us is whether the building is unstable and unsafe. If it is that changes the terrain. There have been attempts to secure the site but they have failed.

“But we feel the best way forward is to bring the Lord Line back into use.

“This is a landmark building for Hull and the majority of people want to see it retained.”



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