Grade II-listed former Trinity House buoy shed put up for sale

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Mar 2017

A prime but derelict riverside site in the city centre has been put on the market.

The land on the east bank of the River Hull includes the historic former Trinity House buoy shed, which is a Grade II-listed building.

The one-acre site between the Drypool and Scale Lane bridges is owned by Hull-based Northern Divers.

The specialist underwater civil engineering firm was based in the old buoy shed until moving to its current premises in Oslo Road, Sutton Fields, around six years ago.

Managing director John Sparrowe said: "We decided to put the site up for sale to test the market. With Siemens coming to Hull and the City of Culture, we just felt the time was right to see if there was any interest out there from potential developers."

Mr Sparrowe said both the buoy shed and distinctive curved tubular crane, which stands outside next to the river, were unique.

"We believe the crane is one of only two of its kind left in the country," he said. "The shed has obviously seen better days and has only been used by the pigeons since we moved out but it is still a listed building."

HISTORY: The premises is owned by Northern Divers


The site includes a stretch of open land currently being used as a temporary car park.

It is being advertised for sale as a mixed use development opportunity by Hull-based commercial property agents Scotts.

Initially, expressions of interest are being sought.

Under the city council's draft Local Plan, a range of potential uses are identified for the site, including residential, hotel, leisure and offices.

A decade ago it was lined up to the part of the mixed-use Boom development along the full length of the east bank.

That scheme envisaged a series of high-rise apartment blocks above shops, restaurants and offices but despite securing planning permission it subsequently fell victim of the financial crash in 2008.

In the end, the only part of the scheme to get off the ground was the Scale Lane bridge, the Premier Inn hotel and the multi-storey car park it sits on.

Mr Sparrowe said: "We got close very close to selling it in 2007 but then the Boom development didn't happen and that was that.

"Now the market is back to where it was before so we shall see what interest there is out there."

BYGONE ERA: How Sammy’s Point looked as a new slipway was being built in 1962. It was needed to haul up light floats to a buoy shed being built by the Humber Conservancy Board.
 

Buoy shed facts

  • The Trinity House buoy shed was built in 1901.
  • It was originally used to store buoys used as navigation aids in the Humber.
  • Trinity House became responsible for safe navigation in the estuary from about 1512.
  • Records show a buoy house being built in the garden of Trinity House in 1799.
  • A later shed was built next to Princes Dock after it opened in 1829 and re-built in 1841 when it was extended to provide more space for to work on larger buoys and floats.
  • The crane now standing by the current buoy shed in Tower Street started life at the Princes Dock site in 1865.
  • It was designed to lift 10 tons and swivel through 360 degrees.



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