Two Hull city centre sites identified for a new ice rink arena
POSSIBLE: Bond Street, left, and the site by St Stephens and Colonial Street, right, could make way to a new ice arena
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 16 Mar 2017
Two sites have been identified in the city centre for a possible new multi-million pound ice arena.
The city council has identified land at Bond Street and Colonial Street as potential development sites.
The Bond Street site includes the former BHS department store which closed last year. Colonial Street lies between Park Street and was originally earmarked for new housing as part of the St. Stephen's development.
Later this month, councillors will be asked to back a new investment strategy to deliver a city centre ice arena at one of the sites.
If given the go-ahead, it would replace the current 30-year-old rink at Hull Arena in Kingston Street.
The strategy will also look at retaining existing public swimming facilities in the city, including Woodford, Ennerdale, Beverley Road and Albert Avenue baths.
The only significant change would see the second small pool at Albert Avenue being converted into a multi-use sports area.
POSSIBLE: The site by the St Stephens car park, pictured, is one of two possible locations.
A previous idea of building a new Olympic-sized swimming pool in the city centre also appears to have been shelved for good following the decision to spend £6m upgrading the Woodford centre in Holderness Road.
That investment will see a new 25m six-lane pool open next year. At the same time, nearby East Hull Baths will close.
Although options for a new city centre pool have been examined, it's believed senior councillors favour keeping local pools open instead.
'OUT OF DATE': The current Hull Arena
Deputy council leader Councillor Daren Hale said: "At a time when other councils struggle to maintain these facilities, it is great news that we will be looking to retain our neighbourhood facilities, and looking at the feasibility of a new ice arena."
He said the current ice rick was "past its prime".
A new council report on the issue says the current arena is in poor physical condition due to its age and would require major investment for a full refurbishment.
Estimates put the cost of that at between £4m and £5m. The current venue attracts 145,000 visitors a year but the report suggests a new more central location in the city centre would make it more attractive and accessible, generating higher footfall and income.
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