Double Eleven has unveiled Boho X, its new flagship headquarters in Middlesbrough.

The full-service games developer and publisher says the building has been designed to enhance the wellbeing of employees and support the growth of the business, whilst also acting as a central hub for games professionals in the region.

Employees will be moving in this month, before an official opening later this year.

After 14 years in locations ranging from lofts to shared office spaces, the company will be the sole occupant of a seven-story, multi-purpose building designed to bring all the studio’s UK teams under one roof.

Double Eleven HQ Boho X - atrium

Boho X – atrium

Double Eleven’s fitout is the result of years of meticulous planning and execution. Boho X provides plenty of break-out spaces incorporating natural elements and new amenities, including a classroom, an auditorium, a market hall providing healthy, subsidised food and a fully-equipped staff gym.  

Double Eleven HQ Boho X - gym

Boho X – gym

“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.”

Double Eleven HQ Boho X - sun floor

Boho X – sun floor

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

Double Eleven HQ Boho X - lounge

Boho X – lounge

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “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. 

“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 HQ Boho X - moon breakout space

Boho X – moon breakout space

Mark South, the company’s COO, has overseen the design, fit-out and transition to the new headquarters.

“Boho X is a remarkable addition to Teesside. It’s a testament to [Middlesbrough Executive Mayor] 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,” he said.

“Starting from a new, empty shell allowed us to design and build our space from scratch, and transform it into something that exemplifies our continual investment in our people and our culture. 

Double Eleven HQ Boho X - boardroom

Boho X – boardroom

“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.”

Double Eleven, owned by Pneuma Group, has created new roles including its own hospitality, cleaning and security teams.

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“As well as  providing  spaces to work and collaborate, it also houses a classroom and an auditorium. Infrastructure that will support our ambition to host industry events, educational programmes and relevant local initiatives as a force for good,” continued South. 

“Our move into and fit-out of Boho X represents a significant investment and underscores our commitment to becoming an integral part of the local landscape, driving positive change and fostering growth in Middlesbrough and the wider region.”

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