Thank you BAM! Hull Venue project brings construction company’s city development to £250m

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 27 Sep 2017

THE development of the multi-million pound entertainment site, Hull Venue, has marked £250m in development work in Hull by highly regarded construction company BAM. 

The £36m development is the 17th scheme the group has taken on in the city, exactly 17 years after it took on its first project in the region. 

The builder has completed a number of major projects in the city, including St Stephen’s shopping centre and Nuffield Hospital. 

The completion of Hull Venue, which is due to open in June 2018, also marks a personal landmark for John Phillips, regional director for BAM in the North East.  

He said: “Hull is a special place for me. I led the St Stephen’s development in the city, which we finished ten years ago now.

“At around £100m, that remains our largest scheme in Hull and one of our largest across the whole of the north of England. It’s remarkable to deliver so many projects in one city like this. It has become a second home for us.

“What is pleasing, from a business perspective, is that we’ve built in so many economic sectors here. We’ve created five schools, three retail developments, two health schemes, two leisure schemes, and two university schemes. 

“We’ve also delivered a law and order scheme – the new custody suite on Clough Road – and St  
Stephen’s, which is a mixed-use development.

“Our first scheme to hand over this century was a Virgin cinema in Kingswood. We’ve also worked here for ASDA, Tesco, Hull University, Hull College, Nuffield Hospital, and, of course, we’re working for Hull City Council with the Venue.”

Construction of the 3,500-capacity complex in Roper Street behind Princes Quay is on schedule, with live acts expected to the stage late in 2018. 

The city council-funded project will also see the construction of a new 350-space multi-storey car park following the demolition of the existing one in Osborne Street.

This year marked ten years since the opening of St Stephen’s shopping centre in Hull city centre, which remains the construction company’s most expensive development in the city.

Mr Phillips believes the company’s success is down to its collaborative approach.

He said: “Construction offers a fantastic career. It has exciting modern technology, creative design, clever engineering and problem solving. 

“But, above all, it’s about dealing with people and working together effectively. 

“We all say we work collaboratively, but we’ve taken it a step further and I measure my team’s success by doing detailed client feedback at the end about how collaborative we were. 

“I have no doubt that how we communicate with clients, showing them what we are doing, and being open about the costs and problems, is what encourages trust and teamwork, and makes problem solving effective.

“That’s when we all create better buildings. People with that kind of honest initiative are gold dust for us.”

BAM’s work on Hull Venue is scheduled to complete next summer.

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