Final phase of works under way at new waterfront tech campus

Seven years of development at Hull’s game-changing tech campus is continuing with construction underway on the final office building.

The net zero property is the last phase of developer Wykeland Group’s @TheDock complex in Hull’s Fruit Market urban village.

It will provide a further 11,000 sq ft of office space and bring 150 more advanced tech jobs to the area.

The building will complete a cluster of office space at the @TheDock development, which includes the Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) tech hub.

@TheDock has regenerated a previously derelict waterfront site and become a focal point for Hull’s growing tech sector.

Yorkshire-based contractor Castlehouse Construction is delivering the works, with the final building having been designed by architectural practice The Harris Partnership. The developer’s agent for the project is LHL Group.

A total of around 300 workers will be on site across the various stages of the construction process, with the building scheduled to be completed in summer 2023.

John Gouldthorp, asset manager at Wykeland, said: “It’s great that work is now underway on this exciting development. @TheDock has been a tremendous success and this latest phase underlines our confidence in the continuing growth of the tech sector in Hull and the wider region.

“Our previous investments on this site have generated dozens of new digital businesses and hundreds of highly-skilled tech jobs.

“This final building will create exciting new opportunities to be part of one of the UK’s most successful tech communities.”

Site preparation and groundworks have been completed and piling work has now begun on site.

Castlehouse Construction was previously contracted by Wykeland to deliver the first phase of the £20m transformation of the former Northallerton Prison site in North Yorkshire into the Treadmills mixed-used development.

Phil Dewell, construction director at Castlehouse Construction, said: “We’re pleased to have been appointed to build what will be a high-quality, sustainable commercial development in a prime location in Hull.

“Wykeland has a track record of delivering developments which have a significant economic impact on the area they serve.

“The @TheDock tech campus is a perfect example of that and we’re happy to be finishing what has been a transformational development for the city.”

The new building will be powered by renewable energy generated via an array of roof-mounted solar panels. A green roof formed by flowering plants and a green wall section will also support biodiversity, while adding to the building’s insulation.

It is available for let to either a single business or multiple tenants, with suites from 2,250 sq ft to the full 11,000 sq ft.

The project is supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund.