Hull Civic Society Good Mark for Rank House

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The prestigious award from Hull Civic Society will be presented to Probe (Hull) Ltd for development of the Rank House, which provides homes of multiple occupation.‘Good Marks’ aim to encourage high quality design in the built environment and to regenerate Hull whilst counteracting negative stereotypes of the city.
Cynthia Fowler (Secretary Hull Civic Society), Colin McNicol (Committee member Hull Civic Society) , Kevin Marling ( Delaney Marling Partnership), John Scotney (Chairman Hull Civic Society), Steve Alltoft (General Manager of Probe (Hull) Ltd), Simon Delaney (Delaney Marling Partnership), Paul Priestley-Leach (Committee member Hull Civic Society), Ian Goodison (Committee member Hull Civic Society)

The prestigious award from Hull Civic Society will be presented to Probe (Hull) Ltd for development of the Rank House, which provides homes of multiple occupation.

‘Good Marks’ aim to encourage high quality design in the built environment and to regenerate Hull whilst counteracting negative stereotypes of the city.

The house was originally designed by the renowned Hull Architect Sir Alfred Gelder and became the home of the Rank family during the late 1800s where the well-known industrialist and movie mogul, J. Arthur Rank was born in 1888.

The Rank family were true entrepreneurs of their time. The father Joseph Rank had built a substantial flour milling business, Rank Hovis McDougall, and his son, J. Arthur Rank was responsible for taking British Film Industry to new heights with the Rank Organisation.

The property had been partially converted in the 1990s to a number of flats, which had fallen into disrepair and open to the elements had become derelict, sparking local concern over its condition and historical importance.

Probe as a not-for-profit organisation operates as a social enterprise and purchased the property in 2014, as part of their ‘Empty Homes’ project. Its ambition and aim is to create homes of multiple occupation across the city of Hull, with the aid of government funding and local business advisers.

Paul Priestley-Leach from Hull Civic Society said:

We are delighted to award our Good Mark to Probe for the Rank House project. Not only did it bring back-to-life a derelict property that had become a blight on the community, it also highlighted the great life’s work of J.Arthur Rank who was such a significant character from Hull.

The property is now inhabited by local people and stands proudly on Holderness Road for all to see. This being one of four buildings restored by Probe, breathing new life into our wonderful city.

Steve Alltoft, general manager of Probe explained:

The conservation of the external fabric of the building was key within the overall project to maintain the appearance of the terrace of the four properties within the terrace, as part of the conservation area in which it stands. This was undertaken with materials reflecting the original period of construction including timber sliding sash windows.

The original slate roof was replaced by matching materials, and the ornate brickwork details to the façade and chimneys repaired.

The Rank House is an excellent example of what can be achieved in bringing old buildings into the 21st Century from an energy perspective whilst retaining the original character which includes four dwellings with some on two levels and contemporary open-plan design.

Throughout the Empty Homes Programme, we were assisted in achieving our ambitions by chartered building surveyors, Delaney Marling Partnership and Ettridge Architecture. Delaney Marling were employed to undertake the original condition survey of the property along with the specification, tendering and management of the project. Ettridge Architecture provided the concept design and statutory compliance elements/liaison during the project and PJPS Construction undertook the building works on the Rank House.

For further information, please call Probe (Hull) Limited on 01482 782400.