Wren are working with Hull City council on a strategy for the regeneration of Whitefriargate in 3 phases. Initial designs are being carried out for Phase 1, which is within a Historic England 'Heritage Action Zone'.
Whitefriargate was once the main shopping street in Hull and links the town centre with the River Hull. With the construction of three shopping centres in the 1980s and early 2000's the retail centre was dragged west leaving Whitefriargate to the budget retailers, a situation that will only deteriorate further with Marks and Spencers planning to close their store in the near future. Approximately 65% of the buildings are Grade 2 or Grade2* Listed, a crucial part of the architectural heritage of the city and suitable for conversion into residential at upper levels with food and leisure at ground floor.
Hull City Council are hoping to secure funding to revitalise the area by repurposing the empty buildings, creating an animated connection from the city centre to the Old Town