A proposed GBP30 million (US$46.5 million) hotel and conference space planned for Hull is slated to be the tallest building in the city. The 22-story development, which incorporates a Radisson Blu hotel and a large conference center, has been recommended for approval by the city council.
In recent years Hull, which is located about 154 miles (248 kilometers) north of London, has embarked on an extensive program of economic regeneration, reconstruction and urban renewal.
City councilors focused on the economic impact of the new tower, designed by architect Marcus Claridge, and the role it could play in revitalizing the area's tourist trade, according to local media.
"Significant investment in Hull is always very welcome and this development seems very impressive," Hull East MP Karl Turner told the Hull Daily Mail. Anything bringing new jobs into the city in the current economic climate is also positive, he added.
The proposed 243-room hotel will occupy the top 15 stories of the building. The ground floor will feature a 1,000-seat conference hall. The second, third and fourth floors incorporate gyms, a swimming pool and a spa.
Developers originally submitted plans for the site overlooking the River Hull in 2009, but the plans stalled.