Video game company to move into Leamington’s former House of Fraser store

A growing video gaming company has signed-up to take two floors of office space at the former House of Fraser store in Leamington. Sumo Group is a Sheffield-based firm which provides creative and development services to the video games industry.

It has pre-let 44,000 sq ft of space in Valeo Capital’s conversion at the former House of Fraser department store in The Parade. The development of the former department store has been renamed Bedford Street Studios, which will provide 65,000 sq ft of office space in the heart of the town centre.

Sumo Group has taken the first and second floors of the building. It expects to employ more than 400 staff at the building, in a move which has been hailed as a huge vote of confidence to the town and its status at the centre of the UK gaming industry. Knight Frank and Savills are acting on behalf of Valeo Capital, which has been working to transform the former department store into offices for firms focused on gaming, technology and media.

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Jamie Phillips, Partner at Knight Frank said: “Bedford Street Studios’ best-in-class credentials are proving to be a real selling point. With its energy efficient design and outstanding ESG offer the building is resonating with occupiers looking to move forward after Covid by offering an unrivalled working environment for their staff.”

A CGI showing the roof terrace at Bedford Street Studios in the former House of Fraser store in Leamington

Matt Doyle from Valeo Capital said: “We are delighted that Sumo Group have chosen to expand one of its businesses which is based in Leamington relocating them to Bedford Street Studios. Our aim is to create best in class offices at the former House of Fraser store that was in need of significant investment.

“Securing Sumo as an occupier is a key milestone in revitalising the town centre and attracting new talent to Leamington Spa.”

Gavin Black, of Naylors Gavin Black who advised Sumo Group, said: “Sumo considered a number of properties as part of their search but found the Bedford Street studios concept and design most suited for their purposes.”

Paul Porter, COO,Sumo Group said: “This new space in Leamington will provide a state-of-the-art base for our people and businesses in Leamington as we look towards our future of work and our continued expansion here at Sumo Group.”

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