Lane7 has submitted ambitious proposals to Middlesbrough Council to convert the former TJ Hughes in Captain Cook Square into a two-storey bowling alley, go-kart track and arcade.
The plans form part of the local authority’s £9m investment in transforming the area into a “leisure and culture hub,” repurposing the 400,000 sq ft retail complex for mixed-use leisure.
“According to the planning application, there will be 14 ten-pin bowling lanes alongside other games areas,” reported Teesside Live. “Next to the bowling alley there will be a bar, ping-pong tables, pool tables, a shuffleboard or beer pong area, and darts or shooting pods.”
“Upstairs, there will be an arcade zone and the go-kart track will snake around a mini-golf course, a bar, and a seating area.”
The new site will create 40 full-time and part-time jobs, and forms part of Lane7’s extensive expansion strategy, with six new venues set to open this year alongside the Darlington-based firm’s ten established locations.
The redevelopment of Captain Cook Square will also unlock Middlesbrough’s potential for decades to come,” according to 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.”