University sells former halls of residence

Aerial photo of Thwaite Hall in Hull
Aerial photo of Thwaite Hall in Hull
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The University of Hull has confirmed plans to sell former hall of residence Thwaite Hall.

The hall, which is over 200 years old, sits on the corner of Thwaite Street and New Village Road in Cottingham and was closed as a hall of residence in August 2017 in response to changes in students’ accommodation preferences.

Stephen Dale, the university’s director of estates, said: “Accommodation is a deciding factor for many when choosing where to study and the university has experienced a shift in demand toward high-quality, on-campus accommodation. We have been investing in our accommodation portfolio as part of our on-going commitment to provide an outstanding experience for students, which includes The Courtyard and Westfield Court on our Cottingham Road campus.”

Mr Dale added: “Although the university no longer has a use for the building, we are keen to see a long term plan for its future be put in place and have been working closely with the local authority planning department to discuss the potential future use of the site.”

Oliver Salisbury, senior surveyor at Cushman & Wakefield, which is handling the sale, said: “Thwaite Hall presents a rare and exciting opportunity to revitalise a high-profile building within a popular village location. Discussions with the local authority have been positive and indicate that a number of uses are considered appropriate, subject to a high quality design which takes into account the conservation area setting and adjoining grade two listed botanical gardens.”