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Hull plans energy efficient visitor centre at North End Shipyard

Hull is creating a visitor centre at the historic North End Shipyard, which is set to become one of the most energy efficient attractions in the UK.

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The attraction is part of the ambitious Hull Maritime project, which includes the regeneration of the Arctic Corsair, North End Shipyard, Spurn Lightship, Dock Office Chambers and the Hull Maritime Museum.

The visitor centre is designed by architect Purcell. It will be constructed alongside the dock, the Arctic Corsair sidewinder trawler, and the last Scotch Derrick crane in Hull.

Owen Plummer, senior architect at Purcell, said: “Purcell is delighted to be collaborating with Hull City Council in their commitment to a sustainable future for the city.”

The attraction will be a state-of-the-art ‘Passivhaus’ building, a German model that reduces a building’s energy consumption and uses very little energy to heat.

Hull Maritime project

Passivhaus buildings primarily use passive heat sources, such as the sun, household appliances and human occupants. The attraction will use a system of heat exhangers.

The Passivhaus visitor centre is a collaboration between TGA Consulting Engineers with Purcell Architects and Hull City Council.

The building will be set across 500 square metres and includes an entrance space, exhibitions and an interactive learning space.

It is targeting net zero carbon in operation, and will generate energy via renewable technologies. This is in response to the climate emergency declared by Hull City Council.

Passivhaus visitor centre

Councillor Daren Hale said: “North End Shipyard is one of Hull’s hidden gems, an area at the very heart of the city’s maritime and trade history which spanned the world.

“These highly ambitious plans will not only create a new visitor attraction that will showcase the many maritime stories but also achieve the best energy efficient standards.

“This will be a remarkable achievement and demonstrates our continued commitment to sustainability and to Hull becoming carbon neutral by 2030.”

The attraction incorporates the visitor centre, Arctic Corsair, and North End Shipyard. It is expected to debut in 2023.

Images: Maritime Hull

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