The purpose of this project is to develop a new start-up and grow-on space for digital businesses in Norwich, providing a focal point for the sector as a whole. Given the risks associated with office development in the current climate, we are proposing to repurpose an existing building.
We will refurbish the Townshend House building in the city centre as a commercial space that provides start-up and grow-on space for businesses in the digital/tech industry. It will be used to determine the prospective demand for office space in a post-COVID environment. The former regional HQ of ITV, Townshend House is approximately 23,000 sq. ft NIA and, with the necessary refurbishment, could provide space for 10-25 companies (depending on size) and approximately 200 jobs. There is an opportunity to move quickly and bring this property to the market by Autumn 2022.
The Digital Hub will be professionally managed so as to offer a focal point for the sector — an entry point for potential investors and companies seeking to locate in Norwich. In this way, it will support the growth of the digital sector in Norwich and help boost our reputation as a digital cluster. The Digital Hub will include meeting and event space so that it can be used for networking, learning, and showcase events — which will be accessible to non-tenants as well.