The HALO urban regeneration project has teamed up with Onecom, the UK’s leading independent provider of business-to-business telecommunications, in a partnership that will ensure the Kilmarnock development is among the most connected in the country when it opens its doors in 2020.
As part of the innovative agreement, Onecom, one of the fastest growing telecoms companies in the UK, will establish its Scottish operational and sales hub within The HALO’s Enterprise & Innovation Centre. In addition, Onecom will:
- Encourage and enable everyone within The HALO development to access the latest telecommunication technologies, empowering entrepreneurs to realise their full potential
- Provide leading-edge products, services and support to ensure that The HALO has state of the art telecommunications and broadband connectivity
- Provide business and domestic telecommunications services to companies and homes located within The HALO
- Partner with East Ayrshire schools, Ayrshire College, University of West of Scotland and other educational establishments to enhance the employability of young people by providing specialist technical input to student learning and practical skills development
Marie Macklin, Founder and Executive Chair of The HALO Group, said:
“Onecom has demonstrated amazing enthusiasm and energy in their approach to this partnership and I am confident that with them on board The HALO Scotland will be the most connected development in the country. Originating in Northern Ireland, where we are progressing a second HALO development, this partnership demonstrates the benefits of our multi-site approach to developing The HALO concept.”
Gary Deans, Enterprise Director for The HALO Scotland, said:
“Telecommunications has never been more important than it is in the 21st century and the sector is developing rapidly, at the centre of the fourth industrial revolution, the digital revolution. I am confident that through this partnership with Onecom we can ensure that The HALO and everyone located within the development have access to the latest telecommunications products and services.”
Darren Ridge, Chief Executive Officer of Onecom said:
“To describe The HALO Scotland as ‘exciting’ is very much an understatement. Regeneration projects such as these are bold, brave and very necessary in these straitened times; Onecom is proud and privileged to contribute both its technology knowhow and business expertise.”
The HALO Kilmarnock is an inspired and imaginative brown-field regeneration initiative located on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. It is being shaped as a multi-faceted development that will create a unique urban park with dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, and leisure opportunities and lifestyle quarter. The development will also include a light manufacturing facility and private rental accommodation for key workers.
The development is one of four HALO projects planned for the UK that are being seen as catalysts for urban regeneration. The next HALO project is proposed for Belfast, with Wales and the North West of England to follow. It is envisaged that The HALO Scotland will connect through road and rail infrastructure directly to the Northern Powerhouse, creating economic benefits across the wider area.
The HALO Scotland will:
- Contribute £120m of GDP to the Scottish economy annually
- Create 1,400+ direct jobs
- Support 630 construction jobs
About The HALO
The HALO Scotland is an imaginative, innovative and inspirational regeneration initiative set to revitalise the centre of Kilmarnock and support the growth and resilience of the Ayrshire economy.
It will create a dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter of the town, including a unique Enterprise and Innovation Centre.
This multi-faceted regeneration of a 23-acre site, formerly the home of Johnnie Walker, the world’s leading Scotch whisky, will generate over £120m of GDP annually for the Scottish economy. The development will stimulate over 1,400 jobs.
For more information visit: https://halo-projects.com/
[Pictured: Marie Macklin, Founder and Executive Chair of The HALO Group and Paul Lawther, Head of Mobile Sales Northern Ireland]