Hull’s disused Staples store set for new use after years lying empty

New life could be breathed into a disused Hull retail park but the new use it not what many would expect.

The long-term plan for the Myton Retail Park is to continue its use as retail alongside a leisure offering.

But few would have expected a church to move in.

However, the Revive Church has submitted a change of use application to use the former Staples building as a place of worship for two years.

The applicant says: “We want to lease over a two-year term, the former Staples retail unit and use as a place of worship.”

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Planning permission was granted for Revive Church to go ahead with an ambitious scheme to build an “attractive and striking” church in an industrial estate near Kingswood Retail Park a couple of years ago.

It would have had an 850-seat auditorium and an artist’s impression shows detailed 3D images of how the church would retain a modern look in line with the group’s more contemporary stance on Christianity.

It is not clear where the plans are at but Revive has submitted the application to lease the Staples building for two years, perhaps while the new church is built.

Revive Church in Hull is proving hugely popular with congregation numbers tripling in the last 12 years. Pictured is church leader Jarrod Cooper
Revive Church in Hull is proving hugely popular with congregation numbers tripling in the last 12 years. Pictured is church leader Jarrod Cooper
(Image: Revive Church)

Speaking to Hull Live two years ago, the church’s charismatic leader Jarrod Cooper said: “Like all big projects, people in our congregation see it as a generational need and the next step for our church.

“It is a big commitment and will cost a lot. We have no council funding nor have we even applied for any grants.

“The support from the congregation has been incredible. During one collection alone we raised £155,000 and in five years we have raised around £500,000.

Revive Church has the largest congregation in greater Hull
Revive Church has the largest congregation in greater Hull

“The church will cost £2-3m but we only ask the congregation what they can afford. Some have plenty of money while others have none at all.

“But we have had fantastic support from our quantity surveyors Delaney Marling.”

The church has now outgrown its current premises in Bridlington Avenue, west Hull.

“We will have the main auditorium along with a lobby and coffee shop,” Mr Cooper said. “There will also be a further five breakout rooms of various sizes for the different uses.

“This building will be open as a community centre to the whole of Kingswood and it is something that is really lacking in the area.”

Revive Church in Hull is proving hugely popular with congregation numbers tripling in the last 12 years.
Revive Church in Hull is proving hugely popular with congregation numbers tripling in the last 12 years.
(Image: Revive Church)

It is not clear at this stage what facilities will be available if plans for the change of use at Staples is granted.

The run-down Myon Retail Park was bought by Hull City Council last year in a deal thought to be worth around £3m.

Original tenants office and stationery supplies chain Staples, leisure store American Golf and electrical retailer Maplin have long since departed, leaving behind a cluster of empty units.

However, the 2.7-acre site occupies a prime location next to the junction of Castle Street and Ferensway.

It stands opposite the Bonus Arena and the site of a planned new development including the refurbishment of Castle Street Chambers, the relocation of the Earl de Grey pub and the construction of a new 150-bed hotel.

Councillors agreed to explore the option of buying the site over two years ago with the ultimate aim of seeing a mixed-use retail and leisure development there.

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Many in Hull may not have even heard of the Revive Church but it has quietly been making waves in the city and beyond.

In the past 15 years the organisation has seen the congregation more than triple from 200 to around 700.

Revive began in 1924 as a Christian group for young people and grew into a community church which eventually moved into premises on Bridlington Avenue in Hull.

The building has since been extended and in the last few years the church expanded to the likes of Goole, Driffield and Cottingham with seven other premises in all.

Revive Church’s vision is to transform communities through social action, city transformation, youth work, schools and outreach projects.

The church is run by 17 members of staff and around 200 volunteers.

Revive is part of the wider The Assemblies of God Pentecostal denomination and it came to the fore in Hull with its plans for a huge new church.

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