Hope for old Premiere Bar in Anlaby Road as it goes up for sale

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 27 Jan 2017

New life could be breathed into a former pub close to Hull's KCOM Stadium after it was put on the market - with one offer already being made.

The Premiere Bar in Anlaby Road has been closed for nearly eight years and had been earmarked for demolition to make way for the now defunct Gateway regeneration scheme.

NPS Humber is in charge of selling the grand-looking building on behalf of Hull City Council which was put up for sale during the festive period.

Shaun Hayes, property consultant and chartered surveyor for NPS Humber, says there has already been a fair bit of interest.

He said: "The property has been on the market since Christmas. Although that is a slow period it has really picked up. We have had one offer so far and we have had about half a dozen people come round.

"It is structurally sound and it is a blank canvas for whoever takes it on. It has good transport links and is next to densely populated areas and also the KCOM Stadium."

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Mr Hayes believes there are a number of uses for the building, including a pub or bar, community use or residential.

He said: "It could easily be reopened as a bar which would attract match day customers. It can also be run for a community use.

"The building is quite a big size and has three floors so it could be turned into anything between ten and 14 flats."

Mr Hayes explained that the building was acquired by the council several years ago with the idea of demolishing it as part of the Gateway Regeneration scheme.

No cash value has been put on the building because the council will also look at how the potential buyer wants to use the building and base their decision on that too.

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The regeneration scheme was supposed to transform rundown areas of Hull by bringing derelict buildings and homes back into use, while demolishing others that were beyond saving.

But the new Coalition Government which came into power in 2010 pulled the plug on the funding and the former bar has remained empty since.

Mr Hayes said: "The Premiere Bar was bought by the council along with the nearby Charleston Club as part of the Gateway scheme.

"The funding was pulled and then when some money became available the focus was on the Hawthorn Avenue area."

The Premiere Bar began life as the West Park Picturehouse when it was built in 1914. Prior to its final incarnation it was known as the Steam Tavern.

The closing date for offers will be the end of February and the council will then decide on the best use of the building.

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