24 October 2008
The £200 million St Stephen’s retail-led scheme in Hull won the international RICS Regeneration Award in the RICS Awards finale which took place in London in October.
The Regeneration Award recognises improvements to the built or natural environment that make a long-term contribution to the viability and prosperity of an area.
St Stephen’s, a retail-led mixed use scheme, transformed a semi-derelict 40-acre city centre site that had been in decline for decades. The area had become typified by surface car parks, low grade warehouses and dilapidated industrial premises. As part of its range of benefits, St Stephens has delivered a £20 million public transport interchange which forms a state-of-the-art gateway to Hull.
Teams from WYG Engineering in partnership with WYG Environment provided extensive expertise to the interchange, which has transformed the existing Grade II listed Paragon railway station and bus station into a facility which delivers 24,000 people to St Stephen’s door each day, and most importantly creating 2,500 new jobs.
St Stephen’s, by Hull City Build, includes a host of major retail names as well as leisure facilities, a hotel and car parking. Amongst others, it is home to the acclaimed Hull Truck Theatre Company and the Albemarle Children’s Music Centre.
St Stephen’s was automatically entered into the RICS national awards after it won the regional Regeneration Award at the Pro-Yorkshire Awards earlier in 2008. WYG provided a multidisciplinary approach including ground engineering, mechanical and electrical and civil and structural and environmental services.