Having stood derelict for an unforgiving decade, a large ramshackle building that housed nothing more than decomposing woodwork and yellowing papers was purchased by Headstart with the intention of returning it to its former glory.
Previously a busy public house, the unit's history harked back to the Victorian era, when it functioned as a productive rope factory for the local fishing trade.
Paying direct tribute to its datestone, 1884 Dock Street Kitchen was destined to become an extraordinary restaurant on Hull Marina, offering a unique dining experience whilst complementing The Wilson and reinforcing the area's future as the first choice for business meetings and romantic evenings alike.
Needless to say, the utilities required significant upgrades to meet current standards, whilst the masonry and windows were meticulously restored to the elegant style of their original heritage.
Meanwhile, an in-house construction force of joiners, electricians, tilers, decorators and plumbers worked in collaboration with the designers to install a breathtaking environment and bespoke kitchen that remains the only one of its kind in Europe.
This strong dynamic shared the vision of a striking eatery to rival those of the acclaimed Meatpacking District of New York and Knightsbridge in London.
Working with Hull City Council's conservation department, 1884 Dock Street Kitchen was planned, designed and constructed with both history and modernity in mind, celebrating the past whilst incorporating state-of-the-art facilities and technology thanks to £1.2 million of confident investment.
Throughout the 12-month project, the removal of intermediate furnishings and fitting of sleek new surroundings all strictly adhered to the preservation of original features, resulting in something really quite spectacular that amazed even the team that had brought it to fruition.
1884 Dock Street Kitchen now boasts 100 covers, an exclusive Wine Society, and has been voted the Best Restaurant in Yorkshire at the White Rose Awards. Quite the achievement for a building that had no running water, electricity or restrooms only a short time ago.