A £3.9 million grant to complete the transformation of Hull Minster into a hub for the city has been announced following funding from Highways England. The investment comes from a dedicated fund which is designed to protect historic features in areas near to major roads, helping them to be harmonious with their surroundings. The Highways England Environment Designated Fund will safeguard the Minster’s heritage for future generations and create a sustainable future for the church as a magnificent place of worship, focal point for the community and magnet for visitors.
With work set to start this spring, the Minster can now be restored, renovated and extended to fulfil its full potential. The grant is linked to the proposed A63 Castle Street scheme, which passes just 100 metres from the church. This major project is designed to improve access between the Port of Hull and the national road network via the city centre.
Highways England’s funding for the Minster allows for a number of major improvements, including a glass, bronze and stone extension which will house a visitor and heritage centre with exhibition spaces, a café and other new visitor facilities. The extension will lead into a “heritage corridor” within the church, creating a home for carefully-curated exhibits about the history of Hull and the central role the church has played in it.