New pictures of what @TheDock could look like have been released

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 1 Mar 2019

These new pictures of what the @TheDock development in Hull's Fruit Market have been released.

It comes as Hull City Council leader Daren Hale said the plans to add two new buildings to the site, which first surfaced in December, “need to be supported” when they go before the council on March 6.

He said the city’s C4DI, already home to big names including Arco and Saab, had been “a fantastic development” for Hull, helping create new businesses and talent.

Cllr Hale said: “C4DI has been a fantastic development for the city in terms of business start-ups and growth.

“Two new buildings are being planned at C4DI because of demand at the site. Having a cluster of digital businesses on the same site is great because the companies in there feed off each other, and in many cases are now working together with each other.

New artist impressions of how the proposed @TheDock expansion could look (Wykeland)

“I think in terms of C4DI’s plans for expansion, they absolutely need to be supported.”

The planned changes at the site include two office buildings with ground floor retail, and a new car park.

Read more: Striking pictures give glimpse of proposed @TheDock expansion

If approved by the council, it is expected construction would start this summer.

The multi-million pound investment, led by Wykeland Group, is aimed at strengthening Hull’s status as a major digital player, and would provide a state-of-the-art space for tech companies to grow.

New artist impressions of how the proposed @TheDock expansion could look (Wykeland)

@TheDock is a major regeneration scheme in Hull’s Fruit Market, situated next to the historic Central Dry Dock.

It comprises 85,000 sq ft of office space for businesses ranging from start-ups to large firms.

Read more: Developer Wykeland hails 2018 a success as profits and turnover soar

David Donkin, property director at Wykeland Group, said: “@TheDock has proven to be hugely successful, transforming a derelict dry dock site into a thriving community of tech-based innovation and enterprise.

“It has provided a focal point for the tech sector in the city with C4DI recognised as one of the UK’s leading digital hubs.

“However,  C4DI and @TheDock have been fully occupied for some time and there is now substantial pent-up demand from new start-ups to established tech businesses that need space to grow.

“This further investment will add to the hundreds of highly-skilled and well-paid jobs already created on site, while also making a major contribution to the exciting regeneration of the Fruit Market quarter and wider city centre economy.”

The expansion would see the two new buildings added to the north and west of the C4DI, on what is currently a car park.

The new buildings would have ground-floor parking for 43 cars, electric car ports and cycle storage, and two floors of offices above.

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