The Mayor of Middlesbrough, Andy Preston, has asked us digital companies to help his vision by spreading the word where we can about how damn good it is going to be here.
In revealing his plans to make Middlesbrough The Digital City of the UK, he’s asked if we can all use the hashtag #TheDigitalCity where possible. We’re happy to do that and can’t see too many others having a problem. We use the #DigitalTeesside hashtag too so people know exactly where THE Digital City is.
This £45m backing is the largest single investment in the history of Middlesbrough with a 20-storey high building planned as the first £30m phase of a £250m project with £15m going towards residential investment.
The building will include a 750-capacity indoor and 450 capacity outdoor amphitheatre where plans for gaming conventions, Middlesbrough’s Animex festival, comedy shows and even TED talks are hoped to be hosted.
And, I mean, it’s got a bl**dy helipad!
Each floor in the building will be 3,000 sq ft with space for offices which can offer flexible terms for small businesses and hope to bring in the leading digital giants in the world, we’re talking Google and Facebook here!
Mayor Preston said: “What this means is that our sector, our ambitious enterprising energetic business will have access to the very best purpose-built building in the country.
“There will be nothing with facilities like this. From lecture halls, a convention hall, small offices, big offices, cafeteria, a heliport. I even want a swimming pool but I can’t promise that one. This building is going to be the best building for digital businesses in the UK.”
Mayor Preston and Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, are working together on the big vision for Middlesbrough. With planning permission going in on December 1, it’s hoped that construction will begin in Summer 2020.
So, what do you think of the plans to make Middlesbrough The Digital City?