Broadband firm Connexin unveils plans for £5m data centre on edge of Hull
STRIKING: An artist's impression of how Connexin's data centre will look
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 23 Apr 2018
A wireless broadband firm has revealed its latest plans for a £5m "data centre", which will create 60 jobs.
Connexin, currently based in Henry Boot Way, west Hull, expects to open its new headquarters at Bridgehead Business Park, near Hessle, in December.
It will be recruiting engineers, technicians, sales staff and event managers. Schools will be invited to use facilities to learn about how the internet works.
Bosses say the centre - to be called CXNDC - will create new opportunities for other businesses, and bring more than 40,000 Mbps of internet connectivity to the region.
Furqan Alamgir, Connexin's chief executive, said: "Hull is not hanging about in its race to become a smart city. Our investment is real, it's happening and this state of the art data centre is proof of that. Hull is advancing technologically at pace and it’s a privilege to be part of it."
Connexin has applied to East Riding Council for planning permission to develop the facility on a 1.2-acre site at the business park, and has approached the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership's funding programmes for help to meet the project costs.
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It will also be the home for Connexin's headquarters, which will include a cafe, a 50-plus seat auditorium for presentations and screenings, and a video conferencing suite.
David Donkin, property director at Wykeland, which runs the business park, said: "Bridgehead is fast becoming the premier business location in the region and we are delighted Connexin have chosen Bridgehead to locate their new data centre and head office there. It will be a fantastic addition and facility on the Business Park."
The data centre will offer businesses the option of managed or co-located facilities. Most of the centre's capacity has already been acquired by business customers in the region, but more is being added and the facility is open for new business enquiries.
Since Connexin won a ten-year city centre Wi-Fi contract with Hull City Council, the company has expanded its work with local authorities across the UK. It also competes with KCOM to deliver private high speed connections.