Media release - issued 10 Sep 2018

Step forward for new digital games hub

Moves to bring a digital games hub to Aldershot, along with up to 100 jobs and a big shot in the arm to the local economy, have taken a significant step forward.

Members of Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet agreed to underwrite the first two years of spending on the hub, and to begin work on the necessary planning and listed building applications for the Old Town Hall in Grosvenor Road, Aldershot.

The council has been developing a digital games hub proposal for several years with the support of the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (EM3) and other partners, following an initial suggestion from Hampshire County Council.

Funding of up to £867,000 for the scheme was approved in principle by EM3 in June this year after the site of the hub was moved to the OId Town. It is expected to open in April 2019.

The hub is a key project in the Regenerating Rushmoor programme and has the potential to deliver a major boost to the digital economy of Aldershot and Rushmoor. When completed it would comprise of 60-place collaborative workspace for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, micro, small and developing businesses and others working in the gaming and digital sector.

The state-of-the-art facilities would include Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) services developed in partnership with the 5G Innovation Centre in Guildford, that game developers can use for future marketing and sales activities, along with essential support services, such as legal and accountancy, for new and fledgling businesses. This will support an increase in the number of business start-ups in the sector and help existing businesses to "scale up".

The Old Town Hall will be developed in partnership with the Rock and Pop Foundation.

Councillor David Clifford, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, said:

"This is an exciting and innovative project we've been working hard with partners on, particularly EM3, for the past couple of years. Now we've agreed to underwrite some of the running costs of the Old Town Hall and we are looking at the necessary planning applications, things are really beginning to move.

"The digital games hub will bring jobs and a big boost to the local economy and help us to regenerate an important part of Aldershot town centre. We're really excited about the possibilities."

Further information about our other regeneration plans for Aldershot and Farnborough is available on our Town centre regeneration pages.

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