On December 16 2015, we opened the doors to our gold-cladded digital hub, welcoming startups and tech firms to our space with the aim of helping them to innovate, collaborate, grow and succeed.
Now, almost exactly three years on, we’re pleased to announce that our community is thriving - so much so that we’re nearly fit to burst, with around 200 companies based here.
As a result of C4DI and @TheDock’s success, Wykeland Group has submitted plans to expand the tech campus and further cement Hull’s position as one of the leading digital clusters in the UK.
So, what’s in the proposal?
The plans propose two new buildings to the north and west of C4DI, on what is currently a car park.
Within these buildings, there would be high-quality office space, coworking areas, meeting rooms and a conference space.
On top of this - or rather underneath all of this - the new buildings would have ground floor parking, electric car ports and cycle storage. There are also plans for a small retail unit on the corner of Queen Street and Humber Street.
The aim is to have the buildings surround a central plaza, with a new entrance via Humber Street to be built on the alignment of historic Queen’s Alley.
What does this mean for the C4DI community?
It’s very exciting for us because this additional room would allow the C4DI to host more events and educational programmes for small businesses, startups and scaleups, as well as expand our incubator services and support to you.
“The additional space will enable C4DI to expand its mentoring and support services significantly, and continue our successful model of bringing together tech startups with traditional businesses that need access to advanced digital skills and expertise,” John Connolly, Managing Director of C4DI enthuses.
When can we expect to see changes?
If approved by Hull City Council, construction is to begin during summer next year, with estimations of completion spring the following year.
For further information about the plans for Wykeland’s plans for @TheDock, please contact John Meehan, Meehan Media & Comms (on behalf of Wykeland 01482 223479 or 07803 199492, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile, you can read the full press release here.