Chloe Shakesby

Plans revealed for new creative and digital hub at Hull's former HSBC building

Plans have been revealed for a Victorian building in the centre of Hull to be transformed into a hub for creative and digital businesses.

The former HSBC building on Whitefriargate is being redeveloped into a home for creative, digital and tech businesses.

Businesses from across the city are working together to drive the transformation, which will combine high-tech workspaces with social areas.

The details, revealed today, feature individual and shared workspaces, meeting room facilities, podcast sound booths, a private members’ club and restaurant facilities.

The refurbished building will be home to several businesses headquartered out of Hull, including national framework provider Pagabo, software management company Sypro and its partner company, Social Profit Calculator.

Gerard Toplass, local businessman and executive chairman of Pagabo, commented: “This building is a prime example of why you should never look down when you are in Hull.

“You should always look up to make sure that you don’t miss any of the city’s truly tremendous architecture – including this striking Grade II listed Victorian building.

“We’re really excited and proud to have revealed plans for Hull’s former HSBC building.

“Being one of the city’s oldest streets, Whitefriargate backs onto the old town and is a fundamental part of Hull’s heritage.

“There has been a lot of residential development happening in Hull and the surrounding areas, which will no doubt attract new businesspeople to the city.

“We want to support the local community by creating opportunities for individuals and businesses to thrive, as well as further cementing Hull as a hub for local, national and international businesses to both grow and succeed.

“Another fundamentally important element that we hope 55 Whitefriargate will provide for companies is a space to train and upskill their staff via ‘learning’ days.

“We believe it’s important for modern-day employers to be able to offer their workforce opportunities for self-growth and personal development on their own premises, and we believe this new facility will do just that.

“It has been great working alongside local contractors and Hull City Council to bring our vision to life, and I would like to personally thank them for their ongoing support.”

Lettings are being managed by Garness Jones, with initial demand seeing the entirety of the ground floor space already fulfilled.

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