Funded separately to Hull Maritime, Hull City Council is embarking on transforming Queens Gardens.
A long-term vision
Hull City Council has been working on a masterplan for Queens Gardens to improve the infrastructure, biodiversity and incorporate bespoke art to raise awareness of it's maritime links.
Queens Gardens, designed by Sir Fredrick Gibberd, has become a popular area recognised for its long vista, but many visitors do not realise that they are walking in what was once the largest dock in British Isles.
The gardens, as well as being a much loved open space, are a key element in the maritime history of Hull, connecting Hull Maritime Museum and the North End Shipyard.
The southern edge of the gardens will be developed showing the position of the south dock walls with the addition to striking terraced steps that will allow people to perch and take in the views of the gardens, improved access, lighting and landscaping will drastically improve the experience.
The Rose Bowl and fountain are both instantly recognisable and have received a makeover and are included in proposed improvements as is Guildhall Road and Wilberforce Drive.
As part of a maritime heritage trail the south side of the gardens will use interpretation and public art to tell the story of the men and women who earnt their living in this thriving port.
The gardens form part of the Public Open Realm strategy adopted in 2014. The second phase on the gardens masterplan will focus on the central landscaping, with the final phase improving the North Bank.