LATEST LETTINGS PROVE WARRINGTON NOW A ‘DIGITAL POWERHOUSE’
Two new lettings at Warrington’s thriving technology hub, The Base, has put a spotlight on the growing importance of digital industries to Warrington’s economy.
Leading computer games developer Sumo Digital has chosen the Dallam Lane building for its first north west studio, joined by fast-growing on-line agency Feel Digital.
The moves bring the total number of digital businesses in the building to 15, accounting for 65 per cent of all occupiers and 130 of the building’s 248 staff.
With the two deals amounting to almost 2,000 square feet, this means that digital firms now account for 61 per cent of the occupied space in the building.
“Warrington’s economy is changing rapidly to take advantage of new technologies and The Base has become the town’s digital powerhouse,” said Sylvie Morton of Langtree, who manage the building on behalf of Warrington & Co.
The Base was developed specifically to help attract new digital and engineering businesses, a move considered a success, says Stephen Fitzsimons, responsible for business growth and investment at Warrington & Co.
“These are high-value, high-skill jobs and there’s a real critical mass of such companies here. They’re not just passive users of existing technology. Each one is innovating within their space and investing heavily in product development and skills,” said Mr Fitzsimons.
Commenting on the company’s choice of The Base, Scott Kirkland, studio director at Sumo Digital said:
“We produce some of the best-selling computer games in their genres and required a home that would help us attract the skilled team-members that we need. Warrington’s location between Liverpool and Manchester and easy connectivity made The Base an ideal home for us.”