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Hull's £36m conference centre given the green light

Revised proposals for 800-seat conference centre and 2,000 sqm of exhibition space approved by the city council

Pictured: How the £36 million Hull Venue could look

Plans for a £36 million conference and events centre in Hull have been approved at the second time of asking.

The Hull Venue was given the green light by Hull City Council's Planning Committee, and will include a 3,500 capacity concert auditorium, an 800-seat conference auditorium, plus 2,000 sqm of exhibition space.

Hull, the 2017 UK City of Culture, is keen to position itself as a leading centre for renewable energy, with the Hull Venue intended to be a hub for sector-specific meetings and events. Construction is due to start later this year, with Hull Venue set to open in 2018.

The original plans were rejected in December 2015, but now the revised proposal has satisfied councillors’ concerns surrounding its design and location.

Councillor Steven Bayes, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for visitor destination said: "The approval of this scheme is key to making Hull a top visitor destination and to securing a long-term legacy from our year as UK City of Culture.

"We will formally hand over the City of Culture title to another city in 2020, but this development will allow us to continue to attract events capable of delivering a big economic impact beyond that. 

"Importantly, it will deliver a large number long-term jobs for our local workforce and young people, which is part of the legacy that we want to deliver for Hull and the city." 

The plans have been approved alongside a revamp of the city’s Beverley Gate area. 

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