Stunning transformation plans for Victoria Dock's landmark original building

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Oct 2017

The only surviving original building on Victoria Dock is set to be transformed into luxury flats.

Built in 1866, the former Winding House in Plimsoll Way once housed a coal-fired steam engine and winch to pull vessels up a slipway from the Humber.

It has been derelict since the early 1970s and was the only dockside building to be retained when the area next to the estuary was re-developed for housing.

Now plans to convert the property into five stunning apartments, each one with four en-suite bedrooms, are expected to be approved by city councillors.

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The facelift scheme also features proposals to construct a two-storey extension and a new glazed turret enclosing the building's existing chimney, which is a local landmark.

The old Winding House at Victoria Dock

The turret would provide the main entrance into the development as well as stairs and a lift to the upper floors.

Councillor Adam Williams, who represents the Victoria Dock area, said: "Initially I was opposed to the idea of converting it for residential use because it is an historic building and is an important part of the dock.

"I am still concerned about parking issues but the applicant has made some changes to the design and at least it would be put to some use instead of continuing to be derelict.

The Winding House and its distinctive chimney stack

"It's in a very bad state at the moment and while there have been previous attempts to open it for public use, they never managed to get off the ground for a variety of reasons."

At one time, there were hopes it could be turned into a museum and cafe.

Three years ago plans were unveiled to re-use the building as an extension for the nearby Victoria Dock Primary School but they were subsequently withdrawn.

Victoria Dock in 1946

Council planning officers are recommending conditional approval when an application to change the use of the building goes before councillors this week.

They say the proposed facelift would not detract from the historic value of the Winding House, which is on the authority's local list of historically important buildings.

The original five-ton steam engine was dismantled and removed from the Winding House in 1971.

In 1987 it was repaired and and re-assembled for display next to Hull Marina where it still stands today.

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