Hartlepool Borough Council has approved plans for a new VR gaming centre to be located on Park Road, with all proceeds from the computer technology, training and education studio going to Alice House Hospice.
NEVRlabs will occupy the currently-vacant Unit C in the Grade II-listed Park Tower, and offer VR systems and computer suites for hire, as part of a new fundraising initiative for the local palliative care charity.
“The council’s regeneration section has been consulted and considers that the investment resulting from the proposal is welcome in the vicinity,” said council planning officer Stephanie Bell. “It is considered that the principle of the proposed change of use to a virtual reality centre, computer technology, training and education studio is acceptable.”
“Furthermore, the proposal would bring a vacant building back into use.”
NEVRlabs – the North East Virtual Reality Labs – will offer pre-booked groups the latest in VR gaming technology seven days a week, as well as founding tech clubs and local competitive video gaming team development.
“We are very excited at this opportunity,” Alice House CEO Tracy Woodall told the Hartlepool Mail last month. “Hospices are under significant financial pressure and we have to be able to adapt in order to survive.”