New digital co-working hub opens in Bath

The University’s Innovation Centre in the centre of the city launched Digicity this week, a brand new co-working hub for digital companies.

Prof Phil Willis (Head of Computer Science) meets X Media Lab Director Megan Elliott at the launch party.

Prof Phil Willis (Head of Computer Science) meets X Media Lab Director Megan Elliott at the launch party.

Digicity is a space where creators, coders, innovators and the cool 'digerati' who live and work in Bath can access office facilities without the cost of permanent overheads.

The new centre offers free wi-fi and coffee on tap, with an ethos aimed at ensuring entrepreneurs can inspire one another as they work side-by-side.

Digicity includes a new, eye-catching mural, created by Bristol illustrator and graffiti artist Andy Council. Andy created a dragon the length of the hub, with various local landmarks making up its body.

Simon Bond, Director of the Innovation Centre, said: “The concept for Digicity was inspired by a visit to Boston in the United States in September.

Parm Delay (operations manager) and Simon Bond show of the centre's brand new mural incorporating some of Bath's most famous sites.

Parm Delay (operations manager) and Simon Bond show of the centre's brand new mural incorporating some of Bath's most famous sites.

"The Innovation Centre has been open eight years now and thousands of people have been through the doors for networking, events, conferences and business training. Now it's time for the next step in its growth. We have seen the demand and we want to grow.

"We work closely with companies that are innovating and applying technology to create new stuff. These entrepreneurs and creators don't want to be tied to an office but want the ability to hook up in an office environment and work alongside like-minded people. Digicity offers them that.”

Digicity opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by leading figures from Bath’s growing digital sector, including entrepreneur Chris Book who grew his company Bardowl at the Innovation Centre and was involved with developing the concept of Digicity.

People wanting to use the Centre will be able to book a batch of sessions in advance online. Digicity is open from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm and users can book a space as and when they want it - for a day, a week or longer. A day ticket costs £20, and discounts are available by buying in bulk, with tickets bought open for use when required.

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