Bingo build puts Brims ‘Top of the Shop’

BRIMS Construction has started work on the new headquarters of one of the North East’s fastest growing technology companies.

Gaming giant tombola’s new £6m head office at Wylam Wharf in Sunderland will see the company increase staff numbers by 80 to over 400.

CEO of tombola, Phil Cronin said: “We’re thrilled to be on site and it’s exciting to see construction of our new head office beginning. We’re working with a very talented design team from the North East including Ryder Architecture and Brims Construction.

“We are two years into our five year 2020 strategy and are on target to double our turnover and our technology team. The construction of our new HQ is an important element of our plans for future growth and further international expansion.”

The proposals unify the current listed building with a new 25,000 sq ft office development including innovative external landscaping proposals which reinforce the local character of Wylam Wharf, Sunderland.

Open plan offices located on the first and second floors will incorporate a three-storey central atrium and make pioneering commercial use of electrochromic glass externally to control occupant comfort and achieve energy efficiencies.

The ground floor will include a reception area, cafe and a gym for employees with a central feature staircase leading to the open plan upper floors.

Brims Director, Richard Wood added: ‘We’ve been aware of tombola’s plans and had tracked the project for a while. We see it as a landmark project for Sunderland as well as the North East. It has a cutting-edge design and a very high specification which is exactly the sort of project and client we want to be associated with. We’ve worked closely with tombola and their team to get the project to this stage so it’s great to see the work get underway.”

The company’s current head office, based at Wylam Wharf is a former bonded warehouse, dating from the late 1700s and is one of only two warehouses surviving in the area.

Founded in 2000, tombola.co.uk is the largest bingo site in the UK, with more players than any other company. The company is also the leading online bingo company in Spain and Italy with offices in Milan, Madrid and Gibraltar.

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