Solarglide’s Home is Growing
Since moving to Hoults Yard in 2008, while Solarglide has been growing, so too has the fantastic complex in which it is based
Having being awarded more than £1.5m by the European Regional Development Fund Competitiveness Program to fund the project, Hoults have gone ahead with plans to develop over 45,000 square feet of office space. In the first half of 2014, a team of around 200 construction workers and engineers from Brims Construction began work on site (see image), and are due to finish in May 2015, creating an attractive and high-quality workspace for more 45 new and expanding SME’s across a range of sectors.
Charlie Hoult, Managing Director at Hoults Yard (see image), in an interview with The Journal, a local paper, spoke of his delight in the interest that has been shown in the new development which will feature superheats broadband, meeting rooms and events facilities:
“It’s going brilliant and really moving on apace — we’re definitely on the downhill slope. We have started showing to people and there are lots of interested parties….Maling Exchange will become Newcastle’s most tech-enabled service centre and we are pleased to be marketing such a unique development.”
Mr Hoult’s grandfather, Fredrick Hoult, brought his Maling pottery production to the Yard in 1948, and his factory supplied pottery to large corporations including Frank Cooper Marmlade, Crosse & Blackwell and Sainsbury. Due to growing competition in the market from more modern potteries, Maling was forced to close in 1963, but Hoults Estate has been keen to maintain the site’s heritage:
“The really interesting thing is the mix of heritage and how we have invested to retain those heritage features, but by working with Go Digital as soon as customers move in, they’ll have access to un-contended broadband.”
The Solarglide team have been extremely impressed by the recent developments at Hoults Yard. Adam Pynn, International Executive at Solarglide, has seen the site grow considerably since he started working in Hoults Yard in April 2014 and is looking forward to the opportunity to meet and share ideas with other SMEs in the North East.
“It’s great to see that the already vibrant Hoult’s Yard is getting bigger, with even more new business’s coming in, I really like the atmosphere at Hoult’s.
“It’s an interesting space, with a mix of old and new design to create a cool atmosphere & vibe. It’s got such a diverse range of business’s that anyone can fit in.”