Digital incubator hub

Client Name

Harrogate Borough Council

Location

Harrogate

Project Overview

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Lindum refurbished old borough council offices to create a new incubator hub for creative and tech businesses in Yorkshire.

The Harrogate Co-Lab is located  at Springfield House, inside the town’s Convention Centre.

The work was completed by Lindum York, and the finished building provides a collaborative environment where businesses can gain access to information about funding and investment, insight, supply chain, help with talent recruitment and other advice that enables tech businesses to thrive.

It also offers a modern and attractive office space with co-working desk space and lounge area, 10 serviced offices with desk space for up to 10 people, high-speed secure broadband, meeting rooms, kitchen area, showers and facilities.

Harrogate Borough Council vacated Springfield House when it moved all of its operations to its new civic centre at Knapping Mount in 2017. The council unveiled plans to refurbish the site in February 2019. However, the convention centre’s transformation into an NHS Nightingale Hospital meant the project had to be put on hold.

The plans were revived in 2020 and the council appointed Lindum to do the work via Pagabo’s Refit and Refurbishment Framework.

The ‘digital incubator hub’ has been created by the borough council, as a key element in its economic growth strategy, with the aim of helping the district economy to grow. It was funded through £540,000 from the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and is expected to make the council around £49,000 a year in rent.