Exciting news for Hull, as Princes Quay gets a new injection of life. Here’s what we know…
First opened on 15th March 1991, Princes Quay is a 300,000 square foot shopping centre floating above Hull’s historic 1829 Princes Dock.
Tokyo Industries have purchased the centre with a vision to pivot the scheme to a more independent feeling multi-functioning hub of mixed retail, heavily enhanced F&B, intelligent co-working and live/work residential.
Tokyo Industries already own hugely successful hospitality brands: Red’s True Barbecue, Dough Eyed Pizza, BrewDog, Grindsmith Coffee, Legitimate Brewery and Get Baked. The aim is to create a really new exciting creative F&B destination right in the City Centre and linking onto Princes Dock Street which is already a vibrant night-time economy and the awesome Humber Street.
A new ‘artisan food hall’ across the whole of the on the marina deck with an open format, ‘Trinity Kitchen (Leeds)’ style food festival indoor market with marina views and a 1200 capacity creative arts and event space, micro-brewery and art gallery.
A new staircase from the Dock Street bridge will take visitors up to the existing balcony level above the Marina. The new owners offer tenants rental deals to take back these external-facing storage areas and reclaim new unit for new exciting F&B / Restaurants and concepts on the Balcony level.
Plans to reinvent and utilise the Marina inlet, which is no longer open to the estuary, will see Tokyo Industries t crane in barges and boats to animate the marina basin with floating F&B opportunities, and a pontoon stretched tent event deck.
The basement of Princess Quay will be transformed into a large cutting edge event space capable of hosting some of the world’s best DJs, live acts and business conferences. Drawing inspiration from similar, large-scale event spaces in Manchester such as the Warehouse House project, which generates huge figures in visitor economy and footfall.
The upper deck of the Car Park hold awesome panoramic views of the City and beyond – we want to create a rooftop ‘container park’ rather like ‘BOXPARK’ in London – a mix of creative units and pop-up stores and street food concepts.
Other vacant units will become ART POP-UPs – there are currently 32 empty retail units – these will become a ‘future artist’s concepts’ – local and national artists, sculptures, performers will be invited to take control and occupy a unit with a concept we call ‘32 Spaces’ is a part virtual / part visual gallery – interspaced around the Mall with Mobile App that guides you through the ‘spaces’ – the concept is based on ‘DesertX’ in Palm Springs – it will be another UK for HULL.
On the first floor level the larger outlet stores will be consolidated to free up new blocks of space for intelligent ‘WeWork’ style co-working and hot-desking. The team at Tokyo Industries will offer these initially to creatives, start-ups and entrepreneurs
Exciting times for Hull! Stay tuned for more information, and future collaborative projects involving Browse…