BAM will begin work immediately on Stage 1 of the project involving preliminary, pre-construction services.
A revised planning application for the 3,500-seat Hull Venue will be submitted to Hull City Council's planning committee on Monday 21st December, which will address concerns raised by the committee earlier this week, when members refused an initial application. The revised plans will be subject to a further 21-day consultation period and will be considered again by the committee early in February 2016.
Plans for the new venue aim to put Hull on the map as a location for major events, conferences and music concerts and are part of the city’s legacy planning following on from its year as ‘UK City of Culture’ in 2017.
Construction director for BAM Construction Jason Pink said: “BAM’s track record in the city of Hull has been outstanding and our appointment to build this prestigious arena is a testimony to years of successful work in many sectors here. Once again, BAM is appointed to deliver a special and complex building where the quality of our partnership with the client, our understanding of the whole lifecycle of a building, and our non-confrontational style and technical excellence will be exactly the right way to make a one-off building like this into a reality. As we showed with Leeds Arena, BAM can leverage its world-leading expertise in stadiums, and its market-leading use of building information modelling. But in the end, it all comes down to our people and our attitude and we are delighted to work with Hull on something so striking and central to the city.”
If approved by the planning committee in February, work on the development will begin on site behind the Princes Quay shopping centre later in 2016, with completion scheduled for early 2018… after the ‘City of Culture’ year has finished.