These striking pictures show what @TheDock expansion could look like

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Dec 2018

Striking new images have given a glimpse into what the planned expansion of Hull’s @TheDock development could look like.

The Fruit Market complex, currently home to the C4DI digital hub and big names including Arco and Saab, could see two new buildings added to the site.

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.

Plans have now been submitted to Hull City Council, and if given the go-ahead, construction would start in summer 2019.

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.

What the @TheDock expansion could look like. (Wykeland)

“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.”

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The @TheDock development, close to Humber Street, is currently fully occupied, with many tech companies looking to expand into more space. Around 200 start-up or scale-up tech firms are based at C4DI or closely linked to it.

@TheDock is also home to digital innovation teams from prestige businesses such as Arco, the UK’s leading safety company, and global defence and security leader Saab.

The @TheDock development is home to Hull's C4DI building

The proposed expansion would provide space for many of these businesses to grow and create more highly-skilled digital jobs.

John Connolly, managing director at the C4DI, said: “The additional space will enable C4DI to expand its mentoring and support services significantly, and continue to develop our successful model of bringing together fast-tech start-ups with traditional businesses that need access to advanced digital skills and expertise.”

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

Facilities would include high-quality “Grade A” offices, co-working spaces for digital freelances and specialists, meeting rooms and conference space, all with ultrafast gigabit internet connections.

The new buildings would have ground-floor parking for 43 cars, electric car ports and cycle storage, and two floors of offices above. The ground floor of the western block would also house a small retail unit on the corner of Queen Street and Humber Street.

Together with C4DI, the new buildings would surround a central plaza. A new entrance, via Humber Street, would be built on the alignment of historic Queen’s Alley, a former Old Town thoroughfare.

If approved, construction would start next summer, with completion estimated in spring 2020.

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