An award-winning games developer is pushing ahead with its expansion plans after securing a deal for a new base within an historic building in Derby city centre.
Strawdog Studios is set to move to 99 Friar Gate, a Grade 2-listed 18th-century townhouse, after outgrowing its offices in nearby Friar Gate Studios. The new building will offer Strawdog 4,500 sq ft of space and a basement.
In a deal brokered by FHP Property Consultants and Rigby & Co, Strawdog bought the building from Clowes Developments.
Paul Smith, managing director at Strawdog Studios, said: “99 Friar Gate will be a perfect city centre base for the studio as we continue to execute our plans to grow the team and develop our mobile games publishing business.”
Strawdog has outgrown its current offices at Friar Gate Studios
Tim Richardson, from FHP Property Consultants, said: “We had a lot of interest in the property from people looking to convert it into flats, but always felt that the best result would be to retain the building largely as existing as it will create a fantastic working environment.”
Historian Maxwell Craven said the townhouse is one of the finest examples of 18th Century architecture in Derby.
He said: “It was built in the late 1750s for the Burdett family of Bramcote by architect David Hiorne, who also designed Foremark Hall, near Repton. It has a very grand mid-18th Century timber staircase, which is particularly spectacular and at one point was a town house for the Hurt family.”
Back in May, the company announced an recruitment drive after securing a £50,000 grant to grow the business.
Strawdog’s new premises in Friar Gate are steeped in history
The funding from the University of Derby’s Invest to Grow Fund will see the creation of up to eight jobs over the next few years.
Strawdog, which was established in 2003, offers development services for game publishers and brand holders, and delivers high-quality video game content for leading and emerging game platforms.
The £50,000 grant has enabled Strawdog Studios to release its Times Table Adventures game. It is aimed at primary schools and scooped Best Educational Game at The Independent Games Association awards.
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The University of Derby secured a £16 million Invest to Grow fund from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, which is aimed at fuelling business expansion and helping to create and safeguard thousands of jobs in the East Midlands region.
The university uses the fund to support business growth by investing in companies, as well as providing access to its extensive range of wider resources including academic expertise and technology.
Source: Derby Telegraph