Search for contractor to restore Hull’s last remaining 20th century Scotch Derrick crane
Hull's last remaining Scotch Derrick crane

Search for contractor to restore Hull’s last remaining 20th century Scotch Derrick crane

Hull’s last remaining 20th century Scotch Derrick crane is to be restored, thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Hull City Council. The Hull Maritime project is looking to appoint a contractor to dismantle, restore and relocate the crane as a safe structure, retaining its historical details and significance. The 20th century Scotch Derrick crane, sometimes known as a Stiff leg derrick, is located at the North End Shipyard, reflecting 400 years of shipbuilding history. The…

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Specialists appointed to pack and transport thousands of maritime treasures

50,000 maritime artefacts from the Hull Maritime Museum are to be packed and transported to secure storage. A decision record published by Hull City Council today, Tuesday 9 March confirms the appointment of the specialist company. Constantine, with a proven track record in moving museum objects and fine art throughout the world, has been selected to undertake this huge piece of work. Previously completing projects for The Science Museum, National Maritime Museum and The Courtauld Institute…

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Hull plays major role in global research to find solutions to Covid-19
James Illingworth

Hull plays major role in global research to find solutions to Covid-19

Researchers at Hull’s hospitals have been congratulated for their major contribution to the global effort to find solutions to Covid-19. Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has undertaken 27 Covid-19 studies since the start of the pandemic, including trials of potentially life-saving treatments, ways to ease the severity of symptoms, rehabilitation after infection and vaccination. The trust played a major role in the global trial of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, with one in every 45 participants…

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Hull secures £640,000 from National Leisure Recovery Fund

Hull City Council, working in partnership with Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd, has been successful in an application to Sport England’s National Leisure Recovery Fund (NLRF) and has been awarded £640,000 to support the reopening and recovery of leisure services.Councillor Denise Thompson, deputy chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, said: “This is fantastic news for our leisure services. We know how much residents value our brilliant gyms, pools and sports facilities, and this money will…

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The University of Hull and Aura have celebrated winning the Excellence in Renewables Skills & Training category at the 2020 Humber Renewables Awards
DONG Energy's Westermost Rough, North Sea, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom, 22 May, 2015. Pictured: Eon Humber Gateway Wind Farm

The University of Hull and Aura have celebrated winning the Excellence in Renewables Skills & Training category at the 2020 Humber Renewables Awards

Held on Thursday, 4 March at a virtual awards ceremony, the University’s commitment to creating a “fairer, brighter, carbon neutral future for all” was praised by judges. The University was also a finalist in the Renewables Medium/Large Business of the Year category. Central to the joint University and Aura nomination was the expansion of Hull’s postgraduate training portfolio in low-carbon and renewable energy. The University of Hull was also recognised for its MSc Renewable Energy…

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Spencer Group works round the clock to deliver Brexit border control facilities
King George Dock, Kingston Upon Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom, 16 February, 2021. Pictured: Spencer Group have won the contract to build a new Border Control Post on the ABP King George Dock, where imports of food will be checked as part of Brexit regulations.

Spencer Group works round the clock to deliver Brexit border control facilities

Civil engineering and construction business Spencer Group is working round the clock on a time-critical project to deliver new border checkpoints at the ports of Hull and Immingham.  Spencer Group has been selected by Associated British Ports (ABP) to deliver two Border Control Posts (BCPs) required as a consequence of Brexit. The inspection posts will be used to carry out checks on plants, plant products and animal products such as meat, fish and dairy being…

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Hull’s Guildhall carillon bells and clock fall silent for repairs

Hull’s Guildhall carillon bells and Barnard Cook clock have fallen silent to make way for major repairs to one of the last remaining Time Balls in the UK. The historic Guildhall Greenwich Time Ball is the highest in the UK at 60 metres above ground level, which stands above the clock tower, is to be replaced with a new one and reclaim its position in the city’s skyline. Hobson and Porter are currently installing 21…

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Hull visitor attraction to be a UK leader in energy efficiency
State-of-the-art new 'Passivhaus' building

Hull visitor attraction to be a UK leader in energy efficiency

A new maritime experience at Hull’s historic North End Shipyard is set to become one of the most energy efficient buildings in the UK’s cultural and heritage sector. As part of the ambitious Hull Maritime project, the historic shipyard will become the new home of the Arctic Corsair, Hull’s last remaining sidewinder trawler. To showcase and celebrate the trawler’s dramatic story, a state-of-the-art new 'Passivhaus' building – which is sympathetic to the industrial heritage of…

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University of Hull co-leading £3.7m EvoFlood collaboration to better predict global flood risk
Professor Dan Parsons

University of Hull co-leading £3.7m EvoFlood collaboration to better predict global flood risk

The EvoFlood project aims to create the next generation Global Flood Model – a state-of-the-art computer model which helps simulate the probability of flooding across Earth. Experts at the Universities of Hull and Southampton are leading a new £3.7m project which aims to revolutionise our understanding of global flood risk. Working as part of a consortium of nine UK universities, as well as multiple national and international organisations, the team has been successful in winning…

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Writer commissioned as part of Queen’s Gardens refurbishment project
Joanna Walsh

Writer commissioned as part of Queen’s Gardens refurbishment project

A writer has been commissioned to produce work that will displayed as part of the Queens Gardens refurbishment. Author and artist Joanna Walsh has been jointly commissioned by the project and Humber Mouth literature festival to write prose that will feature alongside of a number of public art installations in the gardens. Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration, said: “As part of the refurbishment of Queens Gardens, we wanted to include…

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Smart technology to support Hull’s transport improvements

Work to improve traffic flow across key city centre routes will begin next week. As part of the ongoing work to transform the A63 by Highways England, Hull City Council will begin work to improve traffic signals along Hessle Road and Anlaby Road over the next few weeks. It will include a technological overhaul of the current traffic signals with smart technology, to ensure more efficient and effective journey times for motorists and pedestrians. The…

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New £30m plan to transform Hull City Centre gateway
The new £30m proposals for land off Ferensway that feature 250 new homes

New £30m plan to transform Hull City Centre gateway

A major new £30m development that will transform Hull city centre has been submitted to planners.  The plan for Shirethorn House and the adjacent land and buildings at the corner of Ferensway and Spencer Street, will feature more than 250 residential and retail units and include stylish new townhouses and an internal winter garden for residents. The development will incorporate the look and feel of nearby historic buildings while adding a range of dynamic new…

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Hull named a Tree City of the World in global list
Cherries East Park

Hull named a Tree City of the World in global list

Hull has been named a Tree City of the World – one of only 120 cities across the globe – for its commitment to urban forests. The Arbor Day Foundation has praised Hull and included the city in the prestigious list for its continued efforts to grow and maintain green spaces. Tree Cities of the World is a programme founded by The Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to…

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PLACE NAMES: The Vikings go berserk! Part Three: A new wave of place

names by new invadersThe Vikings, Hull, and place names have a long history. Indeed, it was these invaders who gave us our very first name: WYKE – a sort of ‘maiden name’ of our city, if you like! They knew a good place for a port if anyone did. Wyke means ‘creek’ and was probably what we now call ‘Old Harbour’ (at the mouth of the River Hull near The Deep). This might have been…

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Lagoon Hull proposal continues to ‘make waves’ with an important step forward on flood protection benefits
Emma Hardy MP

Lagoon Hull proposal continues to ‘make waves’ with an important step forward on flood protection benefits

Lagoon Hull has been described as the region’s ‘most ambitious’ scheme in recent years, with the capability ‘to change the Humber region’s future’ and as the proposal’s development continues, the team behind the £1.5 billion idea have received yet more good news about the project’s viability. Following preliminary high-level modelling work by the Environment Agency (EA) as part of its Humber 2100+ strategy, the independent government body’s research has indicated that a potential ‘lagoon structure’…

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Refurbishment of iconic Grade II-listed city centre building takes shape

The refurbishment of an iconic Grade II-listed city centre building is taking shape as part of a £2.45m project. The main part of the project involves the refurbishment of the historic 79 Lowgate, with the building being completely refurbished to provide corporate office space within the Guildhall campus. The refurbishment will support the relocation of staff from Brunswick House on Beverley Road and from other offices to support the reorganisation of social services. Once finished,…

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Historic Truelove flag to be restored

The Truelove flag, dating back to 1873, is to be conserved as part of the major Hull Maritime project.The 147 year-old flag hung from the north wall of the old Pickering Park Museum and was on open display on the ground floor of the Hull Maritime Museum for four decades. Last month, the rare 15ft wide flag of the Hull whaler Truelove mounted on the wall on the ground floor was lowered and moved to…

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WORLD WAR TEA

The humble cup of team is believed to make everything alright, but little has ever been written about its use in Hull during WWII to help during the Blitz and beyond.  At the time tea was used to lift the spirits of those in Hull, who were faced with dark days ahead.  It was rationed, and as such was seen as a luxury. At night, when the air raid sirens sounded, and the bombs began…

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Guildhall Time Ball restoration works get underway
Timeball

Guildhall Time Ball restoration works get underway

Preparatory work to one of the UK’s last remaining Time Balls is now underway. Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Hull City Council, a fully working Time Ball and internal mechanism will be installed. The historic Guildhall Time Ball, once operational, will join a handful of other working Time Balls in the UK, including Greenwich London, Carlton Hill in Edinburgh, two in Kent and one in Brighton. Dating back to 1915,…

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Sauce gives arts festival the freedom to go digital all year round

Smart tech specialist Sauce is helping reinvent Hull’s biggest arts festival as an interactive, year-round digital experience. Freedom Festival will not go ahead in its normal format this year after large public gatherings were banned because of Covid-19. Established in 2007, Freedom Festival has developed a reputation as one of the UK’s leading and most innovative cultural and arts events. It celebrates Hull’s independent spirit through artistic and cultural expression, bringing renowned national and international…

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