An escape room business in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter is looking to expand after applying for permission to add more puzzle rooms.
The Escape Room Guys first opened in November last year in former offices in Iron Gate.
The business began with just one puzzle room called A Rough Trade, which challenges teams of players to “break into the office of the chief executive officer of a scandalous company to retrieve the facts that are needed to bring the company to justice”. They must complete the challenge in an hour.
Such has been the success of the venture that The Escape Room Guys has applied to Derby City Council for permission to expand.
The Escape Room Guys is based on the first floor of 1 to 5 Iron Gate, with the entrance to the business via a ground floor doorway situated between Birds Bakery and Brigdens.
At present, the business is only renting half of the current floor space – but has agreed terms with the landlord to expand into the rest of the space, providing it is successful in obtaining permission for change of use from offices to escape room use.
In planning documents submitted as part of the application, the business said: “The build will continue on from the style already implemented in the changes made to the currently occupied side of 1-5 Iron Gate. We propose to update the layout to give a modern vibe.”
The building in which The Escape Room Guys is based is thought to date back to the 1860s or 1870s.
The planning statement said: “All the changes we propose to make are internal and won’t have an effect on the outside aesthetics of the building.
Derby is home to a number of ‘escape rooms’ including Make Your Escape
“With regards to the internal changes we have made, none of the changes will affect any of the character of the building as all changes were either made to pre-existing stud walls or have split larger rooms into smaller spaces.”
A spokesman for the company said the concepts for the new games were still being worked on.
The Escape Rooms Guys is not the only escape room business in Derby. There are three others: Make Your Escape, Unescapable and Escape Game Over.
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The first to open in the city was Make Your Escape, which this summer was ranked as one of the best in the country by a leading blogger.
The Osmaston Road firm’s Spellbound game beat off competition from 128 other businesses in the UK to be ranked in the top three games of its kind by the blogsite called Brit of an Escape Habit.
The game is based on the true story of two hat-makers from Derbyshire who were accused of witchcraft and executed in Derby, and are now buried at St Peter’s Church.
Source: Derby Telegraph