£31 million development for Silicon Spa
16 Feb 2016
You might have heard of Silicon Valley but what about Silicon Spa? The rise of one of the UKs tech hub spots has taken a serious step with the potential of a healthy investment.
Leamington Spa, once gaining most of its tourism as the hosts of its beautiful spring waters, burst onto the scene in 2013 with a promising gaming development cluster. Such a talented start, dented by the closure of Blitz Games, presented the question whether the bubble had been burst.
However, the success experienced merely drove the area to look into becoming the core spot for gaming development. The Warwick District Council have released major plans for a £31 million development that would open up tech 300 roles.
“We have a thriving creative community
in Leamington Spa"
Bill Hunt the deputy chief executive of Warwick District Council spoke to The Birmingham Post and said: “We have a thriving creative community in Leamington Spa and our digital gaming companies have a national and international reputation which is constantly growing.”
With the council joining forces with MIPIM Partnership; in aid of improving several key buildings, improve transport routes and create a much-improved gateway to the town centre, there is an exciting prospect on the horizon for Leamington Spa.
Today there are 1,200 people employed by Silicon Spa and Saga have opened up offices to join the hub. The previous owner of Blitz Philip Oliver, told The Telegraph that closing down Blitz in Silicon Spa happened due to a rapidly changing industry. It only took 3 weeks for him and his twin brother to open up a new business, Radiant Worlds, back in the infamous Silicon Spa.
There are exciting times ahead within Leamington Spa and Oliver also believes “the area will remain the mecca for game development.”