Proposals to transform a prominent Grimsby building into a vibrant business hub have take a leap forward, following the submission of a planning application.
Commercial landlord E-Factor Group is spearheading plans which will see St James House – a focal point of St James Square – transformed into The Hive, a project which will give firms state-of-the-art office space while also aiding regeneration efforts. Last November it was revealed that the scheme can tap into a £1.5m slice of Towns Fund money along with significant private investment
If approved, The Hive will feature a range of modern amenities, including over 20 flexible offices, a cafe, and a spacious events hall. The premises will also be the new home for the 300-plus members of the unique Business Hive Club and will boast a members lounge and meeting rooms, providing a base for businesses to network, collaborate, and grow.
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Mark Webb, E-Factor managing director, said: “We are thrilled to announce our plans to transform St James House into The Hive. Our mission is to create a dynamic space where local businesses can thrive, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship within the community. The Hive will be more than just a building; it will be a catalyst for economic growth and a testament to the potential that lies within Grimsby.”
Mr Webb said The Hive’s location in the heart of Grimsby town centre ensures easy accessibility for businesses and visitors, and will also reinvigorate the area, attracting increased footfall while boosting the local economy.
Plans have now been submitted for The Hive in Grimsby (Image: E-Factor MD) During the construction phase, the development team has pledged to work with local suppliers and services, including local firm ID Architecture which has already been enlisted.
Pauline Harness, chair of E-Factor said: “We are a Business Support organisation dedicated to local business, who have long campaigned for more use of our local businesses by public and private sector organisations, and we are determined to walk that talk. By supporting the region’s businesses, The Hive aims to create a positive ripple effect throughout the community, generating job opportunities and fostering even more collaboration within the local business community.”
Natalie Cresswell, E-Factor property manager, added: ““The Hive is not only an investment in a physical structure but an investment in the community. We will prioritise working with local contractors and suppliers to ensure that the development process benefits as many residents and businesses as possible. Our vision is to establish The Hive as a model for community-driven redevelopment, setting an example for future projects in Grimsby and beyond.”
The redevelopment of St James House is expected to be completed by the end of 2024 and will be carried out in a phased approach, with floors being released for letting as soon as possible.
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