Hull ice arena and Odeon cinema site among three sites for regeneration
The site including Odeon cinema at St Andrews Quay and Hull Arena is earmarked for development.
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 17 Mar 2017
The construction of a new city centre ice rink is set to trigger the major regeneration of three sites in Hull, according to the deputy leader of Hull City Council.
As part of a multi-million pound proposal to build a new ice arena in Bond Street or Colonial Street, plans have also been announced to redevelop land in Kingston Street near Hull marina.
The area is home to Kingston Retail Park as well as the current ice rink and an Odeon Cinema.
The site of the Odeon Cinema is owned by Hull City Council.
Councillor Daren Hale confirmed that the council is looking to develop all three areas once the new site has been chosen.
He said: "Whether we develop them now as part of the ice rink development or as a different development we are keen to do both.
"I think the other thing to point out is that we do own the site where the ice arena is currently and we do own the site where the cinema is currently down by the docks there.
"So one of the feasibilities will look at the future of those sites which could also kick-start regeneration near the marina riverside area so that in itself releasing a site could be quite useful."
The current ice rink in Kingston Street which attracts 145,000 visitors a year has become unsustainable because of its age with the council estimating that it would cost up to £5m for a full refurbishment to take place.
Speaking to David Burns on BBC Radio Humberside, councillor Hale said: "It's coming to the end of its useful life so without a major takeover it won't survive in its currently location anyway so we have decided that the best thing to do will be to look for a new facility that will obviously be far more efficient, cheaper to run and better located in the city centre."
The Hull Arena would be closed and redeveloped under new plans.
The two sites being considered have both been chosen because of their central location which will enable easy access to and from the interchange at Hull Paragon and hopefully generate higher footfall.
The Bond Street site includes the former BHS department store which closed last year whereas the Colonial Street site lies between Park Street and was originally earmarked for new housing as part of the St Stephen's development.
Speaking about the two sites, Councillor Hale added: "The report talks about Colonial Street because that is currently a car park at the back of St Stephen's near the Tesco car park.
"We own that land and it's a temporary car park currently so we could bring that site into use quite quickly if the feasibility worked out.
"The other site is the Bond Street site and the council owns quite a large part of that but obviously some of it is in private ownership and there will a land assembly but we feel we have wanted to regenerate Bond Street for quite some time.
"They are both excellent sites worthy of consideration and the two that we have got on the table currently because they are the ones that have the size and the scale to build such a facility."
A decision on the new site is expected to be made by Hull City Council later this month.