The prestigious award from Hull Civic Society was presented to Probe (Hull) Ltd for development of the Rank House, a not-for-profit company which provides homes of multiple occupation.‘Good Mark’ aims 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.
Probe as a not-for-profit organisation operates as a social enterprise and purchased the derelict 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 including chartered building surveyors, Delaney Marling Partnership.
Steve Alltoft, general manager of Probe explains:
“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.”
“The Rank House is an excellent example of what can be achieved in bringing old buildings into the 21st Century from an energy use perspective whilst retaining the original character, which includes four dwellings with some on two levels and contemporary open-plan design.”