Blaydes House, University of Hull
The University of Hull wished to own and restore a dilapidated grade 2* listed building in the heart of the old city. We engaged with the owners at the time and convinced them to sell the building (worth approximately £2,000,000) to the University for £1.00 only. We then needed to raise a further £1million to fully restore and convert to a Centre for Maritime Historical Studies.
Research established that Benjamin Blaydes, builder of the house and a leading shipwright and merchant in the late 19th century, had built and sold The Bethia to the admiralty. It was refurbished, re-