Plans for new £5m data centre which will create 60 jobs approved

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Jul 2018

Plans for a new £5m data centre in Hessle which will create 60 jobs have been given the go-ahead.

Wireless broadband firm Connexin first unveiled proposals to build the state-of-the-art hub back in April.

The company, which has a 10-year city centre contract with Hull City Council to supply Wi-Fi services in Hull, have pledged to bring more than 40,000 Mbps of internet connectivity to the region.

East Riding of Yorkshire has now approved plans to build the centre at the Bridgehead Business Park in Hessle.

Furqan Alamgir, Connexin's chief executive, said: "Hull is not hanging about in its race to become a smart city.

“Our investment is real, it's happening and this state of the art data centre is proof of that. Hull is advancing technologically at pace and it’s a privilege to be part of it."

The new centre – which will be called CXNDC – will recruit engineers, technicians, sales staff and event managers.

It will also be home to the headquarters of Connexin, and include a café, auditorium and world-class conferencing suite.

The data centre will be the first building to be added to the south section of the Bridgehead Business Park.

Existing tenants on the north side of the park include The One Point, Rofin-Sinar, Victoria and the new ergo centre.

Read more: Hull wireless internet firm Connexin to create 100 jobs after £10m Silicon Valley investment

David Donkin, property director at Wykeland, which runs the business park, said: "Bridgehead is fast becoming the premier business location in the region and we are delighted Connexin have chosen Bridgehead to locate their new data centre and head office there.

“It will be a fantastic addition and facility on the Business Park."

Work on the new data centre is expected to start soon, with early plans indicating an opening date of December this year.

Artist impressions of the Connexin centre were revealed when the application was submitted.

Connexin said it hoped the “eye catching design would attract other companies” to the park, and “provide an ever-growing employment zone in the skilled job market.”

Read more: Wykeland's new director vows to look for 'new opportunities' in Hull and the Humber

The work also signals the start of the next phase of the Bridgehead Business Park.

The data centre will offer businesses the option of managed or co-located facilities. 

Most of the centre’s capacity has already been acquired by business customers in the region, but more is being added and the facility is open for new business enquiries.

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