Construction starts on Arco's new headquarters in Hull’s Fruit Market

Construction has begun on Arco’s new headquarters in Hull’s Fruit Market, expected to cost around £16 mln. The project –the largest development of its kind in the city for over half a century– will eventually see over 500 Arco staff move into the new, five-storey complex. The site, in Blackfriargate, will also house a 350-space multi-storey car park, supporting both Arco and the wider Fruit Market area of Hull.

Arco is the UK’s leading safety equipment supplier. Founded just a stone’s throw away from the site of its new headquarters in 1893, the business has also invested £25m in a new National Distribution Centre in Hull. Currently based in Waverley Street in Hull, Arco’s new HQ is expected to be unveiled in late 2020.

David Evison, managing director at Arco, said: “This is a significant step forward for Arco, as we continue to invest in the growth of the business. The new head office will provide us with the facilities and the work environment to meet our needs into the future.”

“We’ve taken this opportunity to create a modern workplace that has been designed to ensure our colleagues thrive and new talent emerges. Features such as open plan, collaborative workspaces, social meeting areas, a glass fronted atrium and an auditorium for colleague presentations will boost our company culture and drive employee engagement.”

“We’re particularly pleased that our new head office will support the regeneration of Hull’s Fruit Market, to ensure the city remains vibrant and commercially successful. Our second National Distribution Centre, which is on track to open at the end of this year, is further proof of our dedication to investing in the continued growth of the region and to build on our long heritage in Hull.”

As explained on¸ the construction project will also include a 350-space multi-storey car park, offering contract and pay and display spaces, to support Arco and its colleagues and the continued growth of Hull’s Fruit Market.

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