Levelling Up Funding supports former Marks & Spencer building restoration

Plans are in place to support enabling works to bring back into life one of Hull city centre’s most prominent buildings.

The former Marks & Spencer (M&S) building at 40-44 Whitefriargate is subject to improvement works which are being supported by Levelling Up Funding (LUF).

Hull City Council is supporting the work by allocating government funding totalling £156,784.50 which will contribute 50% of the renovation costs.

Grant beneficiary Wykeland Properties Limited is funding the remaining costs.

The LUF grant will support works to make the property safe and viable for long-term occupancy, including the removal of remaining asbestos and the installation of lighting, a disabled toilet and a new fire alarm system.

Over 3,000 sqm of unused city centre floor space will be brought back into use, as well as supporting the restoration of a Grade II listed building.

Cllr Paul Drake-Davis, portfolio holder for regeneration at the council, said: “The former M&S building is one of the most prominent on Whitefriargate, both for its size and heritage characteristics.

“I am delighted that the council is able to support renovation works through its LUF grant scheme and I hope to see the building occupied soon.”