Workshops At Flagship Ihub Innovation Centre Achieve Full Occupancy
All workshop offices are now full at the iHub, which has attracted some of the biggest names in the region's automotive, rail and aerospace industries since it was launched almost three years ago
Occupancy levels have exceeded all expectations, with regional, national and global businesses keen to take advantage of the extensive facilities at the iHub, along with its strategic location on Infinity Park, the 100-acre manufacturing focused commercial and technology site between Sinfin and Chellaston, to the south of the city.
As well as 18 traditional office workspaces, the iHub features 14 ground floor workshops for businesses seeking a hybrid working environment. These specialist workshop spaces cater for a broad range of uses in a managed workspace environment and feature high ceilings, access roller doors large enough for lorries, enhanced power supply points and strengthened joists for hoisting equipment.
One of the unique facilities available at the iHub is the innovative 'iLab', a leading-edge development facility, which promotes invention by enabling the rapid prototyping of a range of products and services. It also boasts high end virtual reality, 3D printing and surface microscope equipment.
The iHub also offers a multi-purpose 'heart space' area, which is establishing itself as a popular venue for conferences and events, along with meeting and seminar rooms.
Notable tenants include global aerospace giant Airbus; Altran, a world leader in engineering and R&D services; Composite Braiding, specialists in thermoplastic composite braiding, VRCO, an advanced aviation company, which is developing the world's first British-made flying cars and Pattonair, which provides distribution and supply chain management services to the aerospace and defence sectors.
Commenting on the success of the iHub workshops, Councillor Matthew Holmes, deputy leader of Derby City Council and cabinet member for planning, environment and regeneration, said:
"The iHub is really flying the flag for Derby on the national stage and is continuing to attract some of the most exciting and innovative companies operating within the rail, aerospace and automotive supply chain, who are utilising the building's high-tech facilities and producing some fantastic work.
"The workshops provide a very specialist service and to reach maximum occupancy reflects the reputation that the iHub has gained amongst the region's automotive, rail and aerospace supply chain industries."
The iHub has received funding from the Regional Growth Fund and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as well as Derby City Council and the University of Derby.
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