In December 2013 Hull was awarded UK City of Culture 2017, seeing off competition from Dundee, Leicester and Swansea Bay. Throughout 2017, the city saw some of the world's finest artists take to its streets, buildings, rivers, parks and skies to deliver over 1,500 events.
Inspired by this, Hull City Council appointed a design team, including G&T, Arup and Re-Form Architects, and unveiled a £25m transformation project for the city centre - the Public Realm Investment Strategy - to maxmise Hull's unique character and heritage and makethe city a world-class visitor destination.
The vision for the project was for a connected city that allows people to see Hull in a new light - with a long-lasting, high quality contemporary design celebrating the city's history and architecture. Upgrades have included new lighting designs to create a wow factor in the evenings, "sculptures in the sky" (architecture illuminated on the skyline), public art with projects from Tonkin Liu, NY Projects UK and Richard Wilson together with landscaping, bespoke benching and fountains.