Levelling Up Funding to help Hull’s digital and tech sector prosper
A dilapidated building is scheduled to go under a full building renovation to create a technology training and upskilling innovation hub thanks to support from Hull City Council.
A grant of £186,153.50 from the council’s Levelling Up Funding scheme will be given to help bring back into use Kingston House at 41 Myton Street, opposite Bonus Arena.
The applicant is The Edge Hub which plans to use the three-story premises as a technology training and upskilling innovation hub.
The funding is to support modernising the building with interior fits for office space and training rooms, as well as the purchasing of computer equipment.
Other proposed grant aided works include new flooring, lighting and the readjustment of walls and interiors for greater accessibility and making the building front more presentable and modernised, as well as installing new bathrooms, kitchens and communal areas. It is projected to create at least nine full-time equivalent jobs.
Councillor Paul Drake-Davis, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “This Levelling Up Fund grant for The Edge Hub will again help breathe new life into an empty, redundant building in the city and support an exciting project to help deliver skilled professionals to Hull’s burgeoning digital and tech sector.”
“The Levelling Up Funding scheme continues to benefit many buildings and businesses in the city and this is another great example of this.”
Kingston House is part of Myton Retail Park in Hull city centre which was purchased by the council’s capital programme in 2020.”
An outstanding change of use planning application from Class E officer to mixed use Class E office and Class F1 training centre is in place and Kington House’s restoration would provide a better carbon outcome.
The total project cost is £372,307, with the grant of £186,153.50 coming out of the council’s £19.5m Levelling Up Funds received in November 2021 from the government’s Department of Levelling Up, House and Communities.