Plans have been submitted for a major new £30m high-rise residential scheme in Hull city centre.

The proposed development site includes the current Shirethorn House office complex in Prospect Street, the derelict former Circus Circus bar in Spencer Street and adjacent empty land fronting Ferensway.

It stands next to the Debenhams department store which is set to close later this year.

If given the go-ahead, the new scheme would see a mix of 249 new apartments and townhouses being built on the large triangular site along with four ground floor commercial units.

The plans include a 14-storey tower block and an internal courtyard garden area for residents.

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Steve Crane, a director at Durham-based developers FFH Ferensway, said: "Hull City Council still has a positive and forward-looking view and that has provided us with confidence to invest in the city.

"Collaboration has been key to making this project a reality and the feedback we have had so far has been fantastic.

Circus Circus in Spencer Street
Circus Circus in Spencer Street

"This site is at a key gateway to the city centre and it will be a fitting addition to the council’s plans to regenerate Hull.

"We have delivered a number of projects in Hull in recent years and they have been really well received."

A look back at Circus, Circus

"This is the next step in city centre living."

The site has long been earmarked for re-development.

An old banner advertising a proposed high-rise office scheme called Trinity Tower which never got off the ground over a decade ago still hangs on an external wall of the old Circus Circus bar.

The former Circus Circus pub is in a state of disrepair
The former Circus Circus pub is in a state of disrepair

Under FFH Ferensway's plans, the site would be cleared to allow for the construction of a high-rise scheme featuring three tower blocks between five and 14-storeys as well as 50 car parking spaces.

The company is being supported by Hull-based firm Ferensway Development, whose directors include legal firm boss Neil Hudgell, and well-known former Gosschalks solicitors' senior partner and businessman Simon Lunt.

Ferensway Developments managing director Andy Mowbray said: "We have always had confidence in the city and this will be an iconic development for Hull.

"City centres are changing and the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated this.

Shirethorn House
Shirethorn House

"This project will help to reconnect people with the city centre as a place to live again and show that there are great experiences to be had here.

“It could not have happened without the support of the council and it is their vision for the future that continues to provide us with the confidence to invest."

Councillor Daren Hale, the council's portfolio for regeneration, said: "These developers have a strong track record of success in delivering fantastic projects in Hull and we are excited to be working with them again.

"This project will be a striking addition to Hull and it will provide high quality homes as people look to move back into the city centre once again."