More jobs coming as @TheDock expansion in Hull's Fruit Market gets go-ahead

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Mar 2019

Hull's booming digital tech sector is set to expand even further after plans to complete the @The Dock development were approved.

The go-ahead from planning councillors means two more detached office buildings will be constructed close to C4Di, which provides a base for small start-up tech firms.

It's hoped the new three-storey offices fronting Queen Street and Humber Street in the Fruit Market will provide space for some of the companies currently in C4Di to expand as well as attracting new businesses to the area.

Together, the two buildings will create 31,000ft of new office and working space.

Around 200 firms currently work out of the C4Di complex which overlooks the former Central Dry Dock and the River Hull. Opened in 2016, it is now fully occupied with a waiting list of firms wanting space there.

John Connolly, managing director at the C4DI in Hull (Image: Barclays)

John Connolly, managing director of C4DI, said it was great news for C4DI and the fast-growing digital community in the region.

"Approval for these plans recognises the success of C4DI and @TheDock in creating a focal point and catalyst for digital technology businesses and traditional companies that benefit from working with them.

"The further investment on this thriving site will enable many more tech ventures and entrepreneurs to realise their potential."

The new offices will effectively enclose the development, which also includes offices occupied by Arco, Saab, Hudgell Solicitors, a pizza restaurant and Nibble cafe, creating a pedestrian square.

The two offices will include ground floor parking space for 41 cars and up to 42 cycles. Four charging points for electric vehicles will also be provided.

David Donkin, property director of Hull-based developers Wykeland, said: “These new buildings will offer a range of sizes of offices to cater for pent-up demand from start up, scale up and established technology businesses that need space to grow.

"The growth of this tech community will add to the hundreds of highly-skilled and well-paid jobs already created on the site and help to consolidate the critical mass of like-minded businesses."

What the @TheDock expansion will look like (Image: Wykeland)

The design of the two new buildings will be similar to the existing ones at the complex.

Although councillors on the city's planning committee have them the thumbs-up, not everyone was happy.

Local historian John Morfin, who lodged an objection to the scheme, told the committee he thought the design was "inadequate" and not sin keeping with the Old Town Conservation Area.



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