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Hull History Centre

This project is a joint venture between Hull City Council and Hull University to provide new accommodation for both the city archives and local studies collection and the archive of the University’s collections, which include the Larkin Archive and record of the political group Liberty. The centre was designed to be highly visible and accessible and to be a significant focus for the local community and includes a covered public space and arcade running the full length of the building covered with a transparent ETFE cushion roof on a glulam timber structure.

The project also included a pocket park opposite the history centre, which is an amenity for the city. The archive is designed to comply with BS5454 and the MLA's security standards and has a fully equipped conservation studio. The learning centre is an important resource for schools, family history and lifelong learning. All the archives are housed on the upper floor to reduce the flood risk, as the whole area is within a flood plain.

The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The scheme won a Civic Trust Award in 2011.