Downtown Space launches the Hub at Pacific Quay

29 Oct 2009

Downtown Space, developer of The Hub at Pacific Quay, celebrated the launch of the development with 'HubFest', a celebration of the new building, its tenants and Scotland's dynamic digital media sector.

As well as a showcase of the building itself, the festival showcased the work of its varied and exciting new tenants.

Completed in February 2009, The Hub's ethos is all about building a 'seriously creative community' at the heart of the new Digital Media Quarter on the banks of the River Clyde. The Hub is already more than 50% let, bucking the trend of the current challenging economic backdrop.

Businesses can be up and running at The Hub within just 48 hours of signing a lease. The Hub's café bar is also now open, welcoming both tenants and staff from other nearby buildings as well as visitors to Pacific Quay; whilst the Hubsquare, the central atrium in which the launch will be held, is used to host exhibitions and events.

Several high-profile tenants at The Hub will today showcase their work and announce new projects and wins.

One of the building's flagship tenants, the Digital Design Studio, announces a new one-year MDes in Sound for the Moving Image, enabling students to explore theory, concepts, aesthetics and technology within the process of sound design and/or music composition for the visual environment; film, web, television, theatre, electronic games and visual art.

The DDS also announces that trainee surgeons will soon be able to operate on a digital simulation of the human body, thanks to a pioneering project based at the Digital Design Studio and hailed as one of the most important medical breakthroughs since keyhole surgery. DDS and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow have been collaborating on a multimillion pound initiative to create an interactive, digital simulation of the human body which they hope will eventually be used to train junior doctors in complex surgical procedures and transform how students learn anatomy.

A third announcement from the DDS sees iXDdesigns (based in the HUB), a collaboration between ARUP and DDS, provide services in auralisation and computer graphics using state of the art technology. iXDdesigns combines ARUP's multidisciplinary modelling techniques and DDS' visualization expertise in order to allow clients to interact visually and aurally with accurate digital 3D reconstructions of their projects. iXDdesigns will be formally launched in January 2010.

Choice Quotes announces its move to The Hub.  The firm's official opening here was supported by Marie Curie in association with its 'Big Build' appeal.  The office was declared 'open for business' by Nieve Jennings, crowned Miss Scotland in 2007 and Miss UK the following year.

Pocapoc announces that it has just re-branded the Scottish Huntington's Association and is  currently designing and producing an 85 page cookbook for the charity, along with all its offline promotional activity. The Scottish Football Association nominated the SHA as its Charity of the Year. The cookbook has contributions from Martin Wishart of Cameron House who has provided recipes and will be launched at the Scottish Huntington's Association Annual Conference in early November.

Southside Technology announces two significant new contracts with high profile clients, Ernst & Young LLP & Baker Tilly LLP, who are making use of Southside Technology's unique hosted virtual server solutions to streamline businesses processes within their organisations and business activities. The firm has been exceptionally busy with the launch of its new hosted virtual server technology (more commonly known as "cloud computing"). It has been in the virtual server technology market for a few years now and its initial investment and development in this market is now starting to show rewards. The company is seeing significant and continued growth in this area and is expanding its presence in its Glasgow and Manchester data centres to facilitate the increased demand from clients for Virtual Server Hosting Solutions.

Mike Slade, CEO of Helical Bar PLC, commented "We are delighted to extend our successful business model providing high quality flexible space for the media and creative industries to this smashing location in Glasgow.  This building is the third that Helical have created of this type, the others being The Shepherd's Building in Shepherd's Bush and Battersea Studios, Battersea."
Donny McKinnon, director of Downtown Space, commented: "Our launch today is a very important milestone in the life of The Hub and celebrates a lot of hard work and several lets to high-profile and ground-breaking organisations. It celebrates the success of  our partnership with Helical Bar, one of the UK's foremost developers.

"When we first conceived the idea of The Hub, we could see that Glasgow - and Scotland - needed a building that offers great facilities for the creative sector, as well as flexible leases that allow businesses to expand their space, as they win new contracts and flourish. The Scottish creative sector, although as vulnerable as any other sector to the economic climate, has maintained a real spirit of optimism, and it's this optimism that will carry it through these tough times and that's what we're celebrating today.

"We have bucked current market trends by having the building more than 50% let just six months after completion. This is because we have filled a gap in the market by supplying a space where creative organisations not only take office space, but can meet, exchange ideas, collaborate and grow.

"However the launch is is just the beginning. The Hub is coming to life with the opening of the café bar and the arrival of some really dynamic tenants, and there will be a lot of news still to come.
"As the saying goes - watch this space!"

Joint letting agents for The Hub are Ryden and CB Richard Ellis (Scotland).

  • The Hub at Pacific Quay