How Hull building projects are coping with shortages with some…

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How Hull building projects are coping with shortages with some materials ‘like gold dust’
2021-10-18 15:24:00
City council bosses in Hull say a multi-million pound programme of building works remains largely on track despite seeing some schemes hit by supply chain issues. The authority's current major projects programme ranges from school upgrades to highways improvements. However, a combination of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic has led to severe shortages of some materials across the UK construction sector in recent months leading to soaring prices. For the latest Hull City Council news, click here. Garry Taylor, Hull City Council's assistant director of major projects, said both the authortiy and its contractors were doing their best to weather the storm and keep on-going schemes on track. Speaking at a council scrutiny meeting, he said: “Some materials are like gold dust. “Availability is a key issue across the national supply chain and it has led to significant extra costs because projects are now having to be much more intensively managed as a result of the uncertainties over price as well as exactly when materials can be ordered for a particular job.” The roadworks near Stoneferry Primary School (Image: Hull Live) Mr Taylor gave an example of one major current road scheme in Hull requiring 400 specially-sized kerb stones with only 300 currently available in the whole of the UK. “Both ourselves and the contractors are trying to be as flexible as we can because of the situation. “It's fair to say there is a lot of juggling going on at the moment.” Mr Taylor said some scheduled highways schemes had also been temporarily postponed to ensure gas and water firms could complete their upgrade work on time without causing further disruption to the city's road network. Here's the latest update on each scheme together with its scheduled completion date. Broadacre Primary School: Building work on a brand new school to replace the old one at the same site in Bransholme is scheduled to be completed in February next year. Autumn 2022. The new-look Broadacre Primary School currently being built in Wawne Road KIngswood Academy: A new extension at the school in Wawne Road will open to pupils next year. They are currently being taught in temporary modular classrooms. Spring 2022. Boulevard Academy: Another school extension project aimed at providing an extra 150 places with building work at the Airlie Street site expected to be finished next August. Summer 2022. East Park splash boat: The historic splash boat experienced reliability issues during its operation throughout the recent summer holidays. Work is currently underway to resolve the problems ahead of the ride opening next summer. Scheduled completion: Summer 2020. A grandmother is rescued from the Splash Boat after it derailed (Image: Twitter) Pickering Park Aviary: The building works on the new-look aviary were completed in September. The park's operators Hull Culture and Leisure are currently in the process of obtaining the zoo licence required for the new attraction. Summer 2022. Brunswick Arcade: Demolition works have now started on the derelict properties in the middle of the Victorian shopping parade. Beverley Road. A six-month lane reduction on Beverley Road is also in place as a safety measure. Summer 2022. Albert Avenue Baths: Agreement on financial details covering a major upgrade of the swimming pool complex and the re-opening of a public lido is expected to be completed this month, allowing construction work to start on site. Spring 2023. Albert Avenue hasn't had a lido for 25 years (Image: Hodson Architects) Queens Gardens: The tendering period to appoint a principal contractor has now closed and submissions received have been evaluated. Works on a major facelift of the city centre park will start once the contract has been awarded. Summer 2023. Cruise Terminal: The council is continuing to evaluate tender returns ahead of appointing a lead planner to take the project forward to achieve planning consent by September 2022. As part of the planning application, a marine contamination investigation is also required from Associated British Ports. Spring 2024. Albion Square: Design work continues on the proposed £130m mixed-use city centre development with a new planning application expected before the end of the year. Spring 2026. The proposed Albion Square development in Hull city centre (Image: Hull City Council) Bude Park playing fields: A funding bid to the Football Foundation is on track for submission in January.. A planning application is due for major improvement works to the site in Bransholme to be submitted shortly. Spring 2023. Guildhall Time Ball. Work continues on site which is being delivered alongside the second phase of extensive repairs to the Guildhall roof. The installation of the Time Ball mechanism took place in September. Spring 2020.. Beverley Road Township Heritage: The boundary treatment works project at a number of properties is now complete and further grants have now been approved towards refurbishment work at three historic buildings along the route. Summer 2023. The Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Hull: Yorkshire Maritime City: Refurbishment work is now taking place at Dock Office Chambers and the Maritime Museum while the Arctic Corsair and the Spurn Lightship have been moved to William Wright dock for restoration work. Construction of a new visitor attraction complex at the North End shipyard in High Street starts soon. Winter 2024. National Picture Theatre: Detailed designs are being drawn up for final approval to pave the way for a new education and heritage centre at the site of the ruins of the bomb-damaged cinema in Beverley Road. Winter 2023. Humber High Street Challenge Fund: Works continue to progress on the remaining grant-funded projects in the Whitefriargate area. The most recently completed project was the conversion of empty offices to a new convenience store in Silver Street which was shortlisted in the Yorkshire Property Industry Awards in the category for public-private sector collaborations. Spring 2022. A new poem dedicated to Whitefriargate has appearfed on the city centre street High Street Heritage Acton Zone: Funding is being made available to support the conversion of unused upper-fl

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