tombola to invest £5m in Sunderland

tombola to invest £5m in Sunderland

Sunderland’s burgeoning tech sector has received yet another major boost after Europe’s largest online bingo company announced plans to build a new £5m headquarters in the heart of the city.

tombola, which was founded by local entrepreneur Phil Cronin back in 1999, is planning to construct its new HQ next to its current base at Wylam Wharf.

“We want to create the best working environment for our team and hope to build the best office campus in the region,” explained Cronin.

“One of the things that we’re particularly proud of is that we produce all our own original gaming software and we’re one of the largest employers of game and web developers in the region.

“Originating and developing the best gaming software means attracting and retaining the best talent in a growing and highly competitive market.  Providing world class facilities for our team – and future employees – will help us achieve this.”

The gaming giant employs 310 in Sunderland with its tech team currently working in its Rose Line Building headquarters and in other nearby office space. Its proposed new 25,000 sq ft office would create a tombola ‘campus’ on the site.

tombola wanted to ensure there was a clear link between the new building and the area’s shipbuilding heritage. The company’s current HQ, the Rose Line building, is a former bonded warehouse, dating from the late 1700s. It is one of only two warehouses surviving in what was formerly a densely occupied commercial quayside area.

The company is working alongside award winning and internationally renowned architects Ryder Architecture to bring the plans to life.

Cronin added: “Ryder have designed a landmark building of timeless quality that will attract a renewed pride in the city’s employment prospects and help us provide facilities to continue to develop and nurture our teams in flexible, stimulating and engaging surroundings.”

A planning application has already been submitted to Sunderland Council and if given the go-ahead, the building could be completed by September or October next year.