Walker Morris appointed to advise Hull City Council on ambitious new concert venue and hotelPrint news article
Specialist commercial public sector lawyers at Walker Morris have been appointed to advise Hull City Council on its procurement of an operator for its new 3,500-seat concert and exhibition venue adjacent to a planned hotel development.
The Council’s ambitious proposals for a £42 million events, conference centre and four-star hotel complex are part of a 10-year plan to make Hull a world-class visitor destination and to capitalise on the City’s status as UK City of Culture and leave an economic legacy beyond 2017.
David Kilduff, Head of the Energy, Infrastructure and Government team at Walker Morris will lead the team, which also includes Richard Auton. They will be working with the in-house legal team to provide specialist commercial and procurement support on its competitive tendering process to procure operational management of the venue. The team will advise the Council on the most effective and efficient method to select a bidder who provides value for money, in-depth sector knowledge, relevant contacts and the ability to attract and retain major events.
It is hoped that alongside other major investments in the city centre, including the regeneration of the Fruit Market on which Walker Morris are also advising and a £25m public realm programme, annual visitor spend will increase by more than £30m annually.
The Council is working with a number of key landowners and developers to finalise land assembly and to bring forward adjacent commercial development.
David Kilduff said:
“The purpose-built events and conference centre is a fantastic opportunity for Hull. It will not only create jobs in the City but also help to reinforce Hull as a top visitor destination and maximise the legacy of the City of Culture status. We have worked with the Council for many years so we are delighted to be able to support them in this major milestone in the City’s development.”