Work has begun on a new building that will provide a major fresh stimulus for the fast-growing tech sector in Hull.
The new three-storey sister building for Hull’s Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) will create much-needed space for tech start-ups and rapidly-growing established digital businesses.
It underlines the transformational impact the first C4DI building has had as the focal point and flagship for the digital economy in Hull and the wider region.
The 20,000 sq ft building developed by regeneration company Wykeland Group will expand Wykeland’s @TheDock tech campus in the Fruit Market creative quarter, of which C4DI is the centrepiece.
It will create around 160 new highly-skilled and highly-paid tech jobs and is supported with £1.294 million from the Humber’s Local Growth Fund allocation, secured from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
@TheDock is recognised as one of the UK’s leading digital innovation clusters and as a thriving hub of tech talent. It is fully occupied, with many tech companies growing fast and in need of more space and others keen to benefit from the unique collaborative community.
David Donkin, Property Director of Hull-based Wykeland, said: “This new building will be much more than a place of work.
“It will complement the existing C4DI building and create the capacity and facilities to accelerate further the exciting growth of the tech economy in Hull and across the wider region.
“The building will offer a range of office sizes to meet pent-up demand from start up, scale up and established technology businesses that need space to grow, as well as shared spaces that support the spirit of community that enables creativity to flourish.
“As with the original C4DI it will be a place where tech businesses and traditional companies meet, collaborate and innovate.”