New development will provide welcome boost for digital sector

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WORK to create an office development that will provide a boost for East Yorkshire’s digital economy is expected to get underway next month.

@TheDock is being developed by the Wykeland Group, on land next to the old central dry dock, near Hull’s Fruit Market.

The centrepiece of the development will be Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI), which is aimed at tech start-ups and other companies in the digital sector.

Building work on C4DI is due to start in October and, once the development is completed, it will sit alongside more than 60,000 sq ft of grade A office space.

Stephen Hudson, the development director at Wykeland, said that demolition of the site is nearly completed, and flood defence work is due to begin next week.

Mr Hudson said: “@TheDock is one of the most important development projects going on anywhere in the north.

“No other building will have such a transformational effect on its environment as @TheDock. It will play a major role in transforming the digital economy of the Humber region over the coming years, which is one of the biggest growth areas, and it will play a major role in transforming the Fruit Market area of Hull.

“For us to have reached this stage is incredibly exciting.

“With the site now almost clear we can prepare to get underway with the construction phase and see all the hard work and planning that has gone into it become a reality.”

As part of the project, the old central dry dock will be converted into an open air amphitheatre, which will be used to stage outdoor music events and other artistic performances.

Jon Moss, co-founder of C4DI, said @TheDock would create a fantastic venue in which to work and collaborate with some of the region’s best digital minds.

He said yesterday: “It is vital to the business community in the Humber region that there is a strong digital offering and @TheDock is where that will be focused.

“The @TheDock scheme will create a community of like-minded people, some in the digital sector and some outside of it, who can share knowledge and help each other grow, and by doing that, help grow the economy of the entire region.”