PFH has applied for planning permission to upgrade its Grade II properties at Pickering Crescent. The properties were some of the first to be built as a result of philanthropist Christopher Pickering’s
generosity in 1910, when he donated £6,300 for the construction of 12 almshouses (Pickering Crescent) to be built in west Hull.
They were built to house ex-fishermen and were managed and maintained by Hull City Council. In 1919 and 1955 a further twelve almshouses were built. Christopher Pickering, a successful merchant and
ship owner, also donated land and funds for the construction of Pickering Park along Hessle Road where the almshouses are situated.
Now, PFH is applying for planning permission to make improvements to these properties such as adding insulation to the interiors, as the exteriors cannot be touched in order to preserve original features.
The work will involve taking a sensitive approach to making the properties more energy efficient and suitable for modern living, including the relocation of the kitchens. The application also includes the
possibility of creating individual private gardens for each property.
Subject to planning permission and close consultation with the Conservation Officer, the work would start in October 2020, initially on four vacant properties at Pickering Crescent, with the remainder of the properties upgraded as they become vacant.