Lane7 is set to open a new venue in the centre of Middlesbrough, as part of council plans to convert the town’s Captain Cook Square into “one of the best leisure and culture hubs anywhere in the UK.”
The Darlington-based bowling brand will open in a vacant unit formerly occupied by TJ Hughes, alongside a craft brewery and boutique cinema, which form part of the local authority’s £9m FHSF-funded investment plan.
“The world has changed massively, but we’re changing with it, and the Future High Streets Fund is the key that will unlock Middlesbrough’s potential for decades to come,” said mayor Andy Hughes.
“By building a new urban community in the heart of town, we can boost our population and create an amazing town centre for the 21st century that will bring in visitors and spending.”
The new Middlesbrough site forms part of Lane7’s extensive expansion strategy, with six new venues set to open this year alongside the ten already established across the UK.
The opening will also prove crucial to the development of Captain Cook Square, as the council repositions the 400,000 sq ft retail complex as a mixed-use leisure facility.
“The interest it’s already attracting speaks volumes about its potential,” added Hughes. “It really is the game-changer that will underpin the town’s future success and prosperity.”