Altran joins businesses at iHub

Altran, a world leader in engineering and R&D services, is one of the latest hi-tech companies to establish a base at Bondholder Connect Derby's £12m iHub innovation centre.

The company, which employs 45,000 people in over 20 countries across the globe, has taken
two offices at the iHub – the flagship building on Infinity Park.

A pioneer in engineering and R&D services, Altran provides its expertise to key players across the aerospace, automotive, defence, energy, finance, life sciences, railway and telecoms
sectors, amongst others.

The move comes during an exciting point in Altran’s history, following its high-profile
acquisition of digital leader in design and engineering services Aricent.

The high-quality accommodation, services and facilities available at the iHub will enable Altran to continue to expand its footprint in Derby.

Since it was launched last Autumn, the £12m iHub, which has Enterprise Zone status, has attracted a diverse range of businesses such as global aerospace giant Airbus to its 18 traditional office workspaces and 14 ground floor workshops.

Commenting on the company’s arrival at the iHub, Mike Simms, CEO of Altran UK, said: "The iHub is a fantastic facility which is gaining recognition nationally. The location, services and facilities available here will support our provision of high-value engineering expertise to clients in the aerospace, automotive, energy and rail sectors."

Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, said: "Since it was launched last Autumn, the iHub has established a reputation for providing a
supportive and collaborative environment to enable businesses to innovate, grow and develop.

"Altran is a global name and we’re delighted to welcome the team to the iHub innovation centre."

Innovation Opens Up

Bondholder Connect Derby has teamed up with ENSCITE, a support organisation for companies in the transport equipment manufacturing supply chain, to host a special event at the £12m iHub innovation centre on Infinity Park.

The ‘Insider Event’ is taking place at the iHub on Wednesday 28 th February (4.30pm – 6.00pm) and is aimed at companies looking to expand their role within the rail, aerospace and automotive supply industries.

Businesses operating in the transport engineering and hi-tech sectors across the Midlands are invited to find out more about the workshop and office accommodation offer at the iHub and how Connect Derby’s collaboration with ENSCITE, a joint venture between the University of Derby, Derby City Council and Aston University, can help take their business to the next level.

Commenting on the ‘Insider’ event, Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, said: “We look forward to welcoming businesses from across the Midlands to the iHub on 28 February.

“The unique workshop provision at the iHub is proving very popular with businesses seeking a hybrid working environment and only a limited number of units are still available. I would encourage anyone keen to find out more to book their place and come and see this fantastic accommodation for themselves.”

The iHub is the centrepiece of Infinity Park, the 100-acre manufacturing focused innovation and technology park in the city. It features 18 high specification offices and 14 state-of-the-art workshop units, which are ideal for businesses in need of a hybrid working environment.

The building also offers a multi-purpose ‘heart space’ area, which is establishing a reputation as a leading regional conference and event venue, as well as conference and meeting rooms which are open to tenants and non-tenants.

Further Success for iHub

After its recent win at the RICS Awards 2017, the iHub has been nominated for a further three awards. 

The iHub, the latest addition to Bondholder Connect Derby's portfolio of managed workspaces, has been shortlisted in three categories at the East Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards.

The Celebrating Construction Awards are firmly established as a highlight in the regional construction calendar in the Midlands, and is attended by industry professionals from across the Midlands and beyond.

The iHub has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Digital Construction Project/Initiative of the Year, Sustainability Award, and Project of the Year categories.

To win Digital Construction Project/Initiative of the Year, judges will be looking for examples of how collaborative digital processes has improved the planning, design, fabrication, construction and operation of built facilities or infrastructure.

The winner of the Project of the Year award will go to an outstanding local project or a high- profile landmark that inspires the designers, constructors and clients.

To win the Sustainability Award, judges will be looking for organisations or projects whose legacy will have a positive impact on society.

Ann Bhatti, Connect Derby Manager, said: “The iHub is a state-of- the-art facility which is being recognised by many awarding bodies across the region.

“Everybody involved in the development and management of the building is extremely proud that the building’s cutting edge design, accommodation and facilities have been shortlisted for a further three regional awards.”

iHub - Catalyst for Growth

The iHub, part of Bondholder Connect Derby's portfolio of serviced offices, has scooped the commercial accolade at the RICS Awards. 

Chair of the RICS Awards' East Midland’s judging panel, Will Evans FRICS said: “This most impressive commercial development offers a unique opportunity for aspiring businesses to locate to offices and/or workshops in a manufacturing focused innovation technology park.

"What amazed our judges the most was the way the development encapsulates within its physical characteristics the spirit of transport engineering with its curvilinear features. It really is a beacon of success and a catalyst for growth.”

The RICS Awards highlight the talent involved in shaping the East Midlands' built environment. 

The iHub will now go forward to the RICS Awards Grand Final 2017, held in London on 2 November 2017 to compete against other regional winners for the overall title of National Project of the Year.

High Occupancy Rates at iHub

Occupancy levels at the new £12m iHub  on Infinity Park have passed the 50% mark - just six months after the building officially opened its doors to tenants.

Bondholder Connect Derby has confirmed the 45,000 sq ft facility has attracted a diverse range of SMEs and large businesses from across the rail, aerospace and automotive supply industries.

The latest new tenants include Bondholders Elastacloud and Serjeants.

A further 40% of accommodation is currently under negotiation, which will take the building to 90% occupancy within its first year of trading.

The iHub, which has Enterprise Zone status, is the centre piece of Infinity Park, the new 100-acre manufacturing focused commercial and technology site.

Speaking about the success of the iHub since its launch, Alan Smith, head of economic regeneration at Bondholder Derby City Council, said:

“I am delighted that businesses have shown their commitment to the iHub and we are already 50% let, which is well ahead of our own forecast.

“This demonstrates that the building is exactly the right product for the right market.”

Ann Bhatti, Connect Derby manager, added: “We’re absolutely delighted with the positive reaction that the iHub has received since it joined the Connect Derby portfolio of buildings last Spring.

“Our new tenants have chosen the iHub because of its strategic location in the region, the hi-specification office and workshop accommodation and state-of-the-art equipment and business support services that are on offer. We look forward to announcing more new tenants in the coming weeks.”