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Games developer moves into new Middlesbrough HQ

Double Eleven is moving into a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Middlesbrough.

It will mark a significant achievement in the company’s journey, from lofts and shared office space, to being the sole occupant of a 7-storey multipurpose building to house up to 400 staff.

Boho X has been built near its old office and has been designed to “enhance the well-being” its employees as well as acting as a central hub for gaming meet-ups.

“We’ve experienced remarkable growth, expanding from just over 100 employees to nearly 400 within the past three years, with the majority of our workforce based right here in the centre of Middlesbrough”, said Kimberley Turner, CFO of Double Eleven. 

“We’re proud to have been able to retain many of the local talents in the region and support their growth over the years.”

The space includes break-out areas, incorporating natural elements, a classroom, auditorium, a market hall providing healthy, subsidised food and a fully-equipped staff gym.  

“Boho X is a remarkable addition to Teesside. It’s a testament to Andy Preston and Ben Houchen’s proactive leadership in creating an office to the high standard that local technology companies need to both recruit and retain highly skilled people locally, nationally and internationally,” explained Mark South, the company’s COO, who has been overseeing the design, fit-out and transition to the new headquarters.

“This building embodies the ambitious vision of the Tees Valley Combined Authority and Middlesbrough Council, who have demonstrated their commitment to elevating the region’s office infrastructure by setting a new benchmark for excellence.”

He added that they started with a “new, empty shell” so that they could design and build the space from scratch.

“We’ve combined our experiences in incredible offices all over the world with best practices for modern working environments in the context of hybrid working. This has resulted in a contemporary design that focuses on fresh air, a mix of well-lit and dark areas, open spaces, all featuring significant greenery, with a specific focus on healthy living and most importantly, building human connections,” continued South.

“To bring it all to life, we’ve looked holistically at the people and supporting services required for our new headquarters. As a result, we’ve decided to create new roles, and our own hospitality, cleaning and security teams, leveraging the strengths of our parent company, Pneuma Group, allowing us to have full ownership of our employee experience.”

The company hopes the building will become “a vibrant hub for developers, students, and professionals in the region.” 

The Boho X development was supported with £21m in funding from the Tees Valley Mayor and Tees Valley Combined Authority. 

“Double Eleven are a fantastic example of the innovative and forward-looking companies we want to support across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool and which are providing the highly skilled, well-paid jobs our economy needs,” stated Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen.

“We want these companies to be able to expand and attract the best talent, but to do that we need to have the right offices and developments. We are proud to have supported Boho X, which will continue to help the growth of Middlesbrough’s thriving community of digital and creative businesses.”

Double Eleven has a second studio in Kuala Lumpur and as an independent publisher it has worked on titles including Minecraft Dungeons, Prison Architect, Goat Simulator, RimWorld and Rust. The team has also created Switch and Playstation 4 versions of Red Dead Redemption, alongside an ongoing collaboration with Bethesda Games Studios to bring new adventures to The Wasteland in Fallout 76. 

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