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Ipswich Borough Council is looking for partners to launch £750,000 tech and creative hub in Town Hall





A council is inviting potential partners to develop and run a new technology hub in Ipswich town centre.

Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) is looking to turn a unit on the ground floor of the Town Hall into a centre for use by businesses specialising in IT, tech, and ‘digital creativity’.

Firms at the site would focus on screen, media and gaming and support innovation.

A unit on the ground floor of the Town Hall has been allocated for the project. Picture: IBC
A unit on the ground floor of the Town Hall has been allocated for the project. Picture: IBC

Cllr Neil MacDonald, leader of Ipswich Borough Council, said the opportunity would be open to experienced industry professionals, investors and entrepreneurs.

IBC has earmarked £750,000 to transform the space, he said.

Cllr MacDonald said: “There is vast potential to revitalise and rejuvenate this space, totalling almost 5,000 sq ft, into the cornerstone of a thriving creative community.

Cllr Neil MacDonald hoped the hub would be a vibrant part of the town centre. Picture: IBC
Cllr Neil MacDonald hoped the hub would be a vibrant part of the town centre. Picture: IBC

“A creative hub bringing together tech and digital, creative and cultural talents is going to be a vibrant, productive part of our town centre for the future.

“We’re looking for an operator who shares our vision and has a proven track record in operating similar ventures.

“If you have the experience and ambition to bring such an exciting initiative to life, we want to hear from you.”

Once an operator has been secured, they will run the site on a 10-year lease.

The tenant will then be required to occasionally report on trading performance.