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Jobs will be created at a new leisure and social location in the city centre

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A new, modern leisure and social centre in Hull will create dozens of jobs in the city centre.

Hull City Council has allocated £400,000 of external funding to the Federation of Sport Limited to re-use over 1,500sqm of vacant floor space at Unit 7, King William House.

The unit has been empty for some time but is now being replaced by a brand new facility as part of the extensive refurbishment of the Lowgate building over the last few years.

The project includes the installation of high-quality sports technology, including audio-visual equipment, as well as two bars and common areas and a fully equipped commercial kitchen.

The total cost of the work is estimated at almost £2 million, meaning more than £1.5 million of private capital will be invested in the city centre.

This is expected to create 43.5 vacancies (full-time equivalents).

Garry Taylor, deputy director of major projects, culture and places at the city council, said: “King William House has undergone significant redevelopment in recent times and it is pleasing to see another plan coming to fruition.

“The city centre grants have unlocked so much potential for Hull and I am delighted that the city council has been able to provide further support.”