Barton Willmore have submitted a planning application on behalf of the Humber Bridge Board which will transform the iconic Humber Bridge into the region’s largest tourist attraction, providing significant profile for Yorkshire. The iconic structure, which is the seventh longest suspension bridge in the world and the biggest in the UK, has existed in its entirety since 1981 and is currently open to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, however the new facilities will look to attract up to 400,000 visitors to the area per year.
Visitors will be able to enjoy a visitor centre comprising a restaurant, exhibition space, cafe and shop, while impressive glass lifts, gondolas and viewing platforms will provide uninterrupted views. Alongside the visitor centre the plans also include a mixed-used development consisting of a 60 bed hotel and 75,000 sqft of office space (B1) – all with associated landscaping and car parking.
Dan Mitchell, Planning Partner at Barton Willmore said:
“This attraction will make a major contribution to the region, providing significant profile for Yorkshire. This unique transformation of the Humber Bridge will no doubt see it become the region’s leading tourist attraction, supporting the Welcome to Yorkshire campaign and also contributing to East Riding’s tourism-led economic development strategy.”
Mitchell explained: “The economic benefits of the proposed development both during and post construction are significant. Over 1,100 jobs will be created in total and once opened the new Humber Bridge will contribute over £17 million to the local economy. This project will develop and diversify the employment in the area, significantly improving the physical appearance of the existing site and not least providing opportunity for linked trips to the city of Hull and the wider Yorkshire region.”
If approved work could start on site in September.
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