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23 Jan 2008

Hull Fruit Market Development

Hull Fruit Market Regeneration – waterfront development proposal
4 shortlisted developer-led teams, Aug 2007
for Hull Forward City Development
approx £100m

230108: Igloo as the preferred developer for the redevelopment of Fruit Market site


Exciting proposals for the redevelopment of Hull’s Fruit Market site have been unveiled by the urban regeneration company Hull Citybuild. The magnificent historic waterfront site is adjacent to Hull’s marina and the brief calls for proposals which retain the charm and character of the old town whilst creating a vibrant new community through the creation of places to live and work, alongside café bars, speciality shops, restaurants, boutique hotels as well as new public space.

The four development teams who have been shortlisted are:

CTP St James & Wright Group
Gladedale Reland
Ispace, Quintain & Wykeland Group

The Fruit Market site has been divided into 5 development areas and it is the Central Development Parcel that is the subject of the developer competition. New buildings on the site will house almost 300 residential units, 1670 sq m of workspace and small offices and 3940 sq m of commercial uses to include shops, restaurants and bars and galleries. Other phases of development will create additional homes, offices and two boutique hotels and it is proposed that the dry dock will be restored and a new public plaza created.

John Holmes, Chief Executive of Hull Citybuild, said: “We firmly believe that the Fruit Market represents one of the most exciting development opportunities in the UK, and the interest we have received from developers bears this out. We have shortlisted an impressive group of four highly regarded developers and the proposals submitted are of an immensely high standard using the talents of some of the leading regeneration and design practitioners operating in the UK today.”

Councillor Andy Sloan, Portfolio Holder for the Economy, Hull City Council is delighted by the standard of the developers’ submissions: “Given the quality of the competition and the location for the development  being an historic waterfront market right in the centre of the city, I’m excited and expect something truly special.”

The developers have set out their visions for the site in a public exhibition in the city. Chris Brown, Igloo’s Chief Executive commented: ““The enthusiasm of the people of Hull is outstanding. The Fruit Market will be the distinctive, green creative neighbourhood they deserve”.

Reland’s Managing Director Mark Jackson said: “Our proposals represent our belief that a distinctive and vibrant addition to the City Centre offer of Hull is there for the making. Our designs aspire to the creation of a quarter of great character and individual identity, with ‘public realm’ of the highest standards.”

Helen Davies, spokesperson for the bid on behalf of Ispace, Quintain and Wykeland said: “Our approach focuses on evolution not revolution. Retaining what makes the area special then providing an infrastructure and support to evolve the community, continuing the work of previous generations. Preserving historical buildings, keeping new development to a small scale and retaining the Fruit Market are key to preserving the uniqueness of this area.”

David Topham Chief Executive of CTP commented on behalf of CTP, St James Ventures and Wright Group: “It is our intention to produce a forward thinking sustainable scheme that puts the Fruit Market on the map for its diverse mixture of residential, commercial, leisure uses and exemplar Green credentials.”

The preferred development partner will be announced in January 2008 with work likely to start on site in 2009.

Hull Citybuild

On 21 June 2007, Hull City Council approved the creation of a new City Development Company (CDC) in Hull. Detailed plans for starting up the new company are well advanced and are being shared with local businesses and other key stakeholders, such as Yorkshire Forward.

The proposed new City Development Company, Hull Forward, will build on the existing success of Citybuild and Hull City Council and will look to fast track the delivery of economic development; regeneration schemes and projects across the city.

The key features of the City Development Company (CDC) will be:

To act as the ‘custodian’ of a citywide Economic Masterplan;
To operate at a citywide level;
To develop, co-ordinate and deliver economic and physical regeneration, under the Masterplan arrangements;
To continue, with the support of the business community, to promote Hull to achieve sustainable economic growth;
As a company, limited by guarantee, to represent all stakeholder interests;
To be publicly accountable and to have a private sector chair – the deputy chair will be the Hull City Council Portfolio Holder for the Economy;
To build on Citybuild’s current successes;
To provide a coordinated and focused leadership model for economic regeneration.

Hull City Council will continue to take the lead in setting the economic strategy for the city and manage Hull’s overall investment programme.

Citybuild’s work will continue and will evolve into Hull Forward over coming months. It is anticipated, subject to the necessary approvals and the agreement of funding, that the new company Hull Forward will be fully operational from April 2008.

CTP St James & Wright Group

CTP St James

This joint venture company has over 15 years track record of dealing with difficult City Centre regeneration site.  Recently being ranked number 18 by Regeneration and Renewal magazine in their review of specialist regeneration developers.


Over the past 20 years CTP has established itself by the guiding principles of Design Innovation, Professionalism and Partnership within both the private and public sectors.  An enviable track record of schemes has been delivered in the leisure, retail, office and over the past 5 years in the mixed use sector.  The Company’s creative masterplanning and ability to manage complicated sites have become its trade mark.

St James Securities

The company’s formidable reputation, founded upon the delivery of over 300,000 sqm of new and regenerated commercial property, has attracted landowners and joint venture partners from both the public and private sectors.

One common theme runs through every project in which St James Securities participates. All involved appreciate the expertise of a multi-disciplined team which excels at solving challenging and complicated development problems and delivering successful projects.

Wright Group

The Wright Group is an East Yorkshire based construction, house building and property development business. Our head office is in Kingston Upon Hull. Formed more than one hundred years ago the Wright Group is proud of its heritage, traditional values and is still a family-owned business.

Gladedale Reland
Hull Fruit Market
Reland is the commercial and mixed-use division of Gladedale Group, the major housebuilding and development company. Reland covers England and Wales from its two offices in central London and Leeds.

Reland has determined that one of its core business areas is the creation of sustainable and vibrant communities through innovative mixed-use schemes across the country.

The company’s leading projects are the two mixed-use schemes in central Leeds, which will regenerate the sites of the former Yorkshire Chemicals factories into a total of approximately 2,500,000 sq ft of new homes – from studio apartments to townhouses – and of a range of business space – workshops, studios, ‘strata’ offices and large-footplate corporate offices – along with a mix of supporting and ancillary space.

Amongst Reland’s other schemes are:-
The redevelopment of former RAF buildings in the Cotswolds to create a balanced and viable rural community, featuring a broad offer of new homes, business space, and supporting uses such as convenience retail, leisure, childcare, healthcare etc.
The creation of a mixed-use cultural, leisure and retailing centre in Northamptonshire from the conversion of complex of Grade II* Listed buildings.

ispace (innovating space ltd), Quintain Estates and Development PLC and Wykeland Group
Hull Fruit Market Hull Fruit Market
ispace (innovating space ltd), Quintain Estates and Development PLC and Wykeland Group Limited have come together to deliver a comprehensive development proposal for the Fruit Market central parcel.

This inspired consortium offers unrivalled experience, local and national expertise and a freshness that will ultimately deliver a unique approach. The structure and stability of the union provides a solid and credible platform.

ispace has quickly developed a reputation for quality and innovation in their approach to a number of high-profile residential, commercial and mixed use developments in Hull and East Riding.

Quintain specialises in strategic property acquisition, redevelopment, asset management and regeneration across the UK in all property sectors. Quintain controls one of the UK’s largest urban regeneration portfolios and is the founder of the charitable Sustainable Development Organisation.

Formed in 1969 the Hull based Wykeland Group have extensive experience of site assembly and development including shopping centres, retail & leisure parks, and numerous commercial and mixed use developments both nationally and in the Humber region.

The igloo Regeneration Fund
Hull Fruit Market
The igloo Regeneration Fund is a socially responsible, long-term investor in mixed use, environmentally sustainable, well designed, creative neighbourhoods on the edge of the UK’s top twenty city centres in partnership with public sector regeneration agencies and local communities. Backed by over a dozen major institutional and ethical investors like Norwich Union and managed by Morley, Europe’s leading real estate manager with over £20 Billion of assets, igloo has been described by the United Nations as the world’s first responsible property fund.

Igloo’s design team is led by Hull born and now London based rising architectural star Richard Scott of Surface architects who is also a member of the Hull Arc Design Review Panel. Igloo’s design team includes Irena Bauman of Bauman Lyons, the north’s leading architect and government Commissioner for Architecture and the Built Environment, Sarah Wigglesworth famous for her award-winning environmentally sustainable Straw Bale House and Hodson Architects from Grimsby.

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