Little more than three years since the launch of Hull’s most exciting urban regeneration project, the stunning transformation of the waterfront area is delivering on the vision for the Fruit Market as a vibrant area where people live, work and play.
More than 20 new businesses have opened in and around Humber Street, creating over 250 new jobs, with hundreds more in the wider Fruit Market area, which is now established as Hull’s hub for creative and tech talent. The transformation has also enabled businesses that opened in the Fruit Market as temporary ventures before the regeneration drive to have a sustainable future as part of the bustling waterfront district.
The Fruit Market community now features independent businesses as diverse as an urban gym, a bridal boutique, a vintage clothing store, a convenience store full of local produce, Hull’s first gin bar and distillery and a range of restaurants serving tastes from around the world.
According to businessupnorth.co.uk¸ the rejuvenation of the waterfront district is being led by Wykeland Beal, the regeneration company formed by commercial developer Wykeland Group and housebuilder Beal Homes, as part of the Fruit Market LLP joint venture with Hull City Council.
In all, almost £8m has been invested by the Fruit Market LLP in the repair, restoration and conversion of the area’s historic former fruit and veg warehouses as well as in new buildings to replace structures that could not be saved.