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Strike! Lane7 to open new Durham venue


A new entertainment venue offering ten pin bowling, competitive sports, music and quality food will soon be opening at Durham’s Walkergate leisure park.

The 9,343 sq ft site at DTZ Investors’ leisure scheme has been let by commercial real estate firm Colliers on a 25-year lease to the boutique ten pin bowling operator which has disrupted the leisure market and opened 11 sites across the UK, with more in the pipeline. 

The concept which also includes activities such as interactive darts, ping pong, Shuffle Board and retro arcade games will now open a new site at in the university town of Durham. Walkergate is located adjacent to the core of the city centre, a short walk from the town’s Market Place, Silver Street high street as well as the Prince Bishops Place Shopping Centre and close to the Freeman’s Quay leisure centre and the Gala Theatre and Cinema.

Graeme Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Lane7, said: “I can’t wait to bring our premium bowling offering to Durham. The chance to open another site in a region that has supported us tremendously over the past decade was a no-brainer. 

“Every Lane7 location is fiercely independent in spirit, décor, and activity; designed with the locals in mind. It’s bowling, but not as you know it.”

Tom Beaumont, associate director in the leisure agency team at Colliers said: “I’m bowled over to strike a deal with Lane7 to become a new anchor tenant at Walkergate, Durham’s prime city centre leisure destination. Lane7 will undoubtedly bring new job opportunities and dynamic to the area with their consumer-focussed experience which will include bowling, cricket batting cages, darts and arcade games to the area. 

“Lane7 will add to an already impressive tenant line-up including Slug & Lettuce, Ebony Champagne Bar, Nando’s, ASK, JD Wetherspoon and Players Bar. We currently have the remaining vacant unit under offer to a high-class restaurant as well.”

Will Biggart, managing director of Torridon, Lane7’s acquisition agent added: “There are bowling operators, and there are Lane 7 bowling operators. Lane 7 continues reinforce why it is seen as the number one operator in its sector with market leading design and gaming. Durham will be a fantastic site and a city we have targeted for a while and will add to the fantastic line up, already in the city."

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I am a trusted advisor and skilled negotiator with 10 years industry experience.  I am a member of the Licensed & Leisure team dealing with all aspects of the market, from negotiating lettings to securing the best rents for my clients at rent review and lease renewal.

I am a RICS Registered Valuer routinely undertaking Red Book valuations of  leisure properties such as pubs, restaurants, gyms and cinemas on a single asset and portfolio basis. 

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Kim Inam

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I'm a communications professional who has previously worked as a journalist for eight years covering a broad range of topics including politics, crime, health and housing in north London. In recent years I have worked in corporate communications for local authorities across London  and joined Colliers in October 2019, initially providing maternity leave cover.

I provide strategic public relations advice to various business lines within the UK organisation to secure recognition for their work in the property press as well as key target media, and work with our experts to produce thought leadership pieces which are of interest to our clients and colleagues within the commercial real estate sector. In addition, alongside colleagues in the PR and wider communications team, I provide media and social media training for our in-house experts to prepare them for media opportunities and raise their personal brand within the sector.

As well as supporting various teams within the UK business, I also I curate and edit regular content for the blog, which drives credible business leads to our experts.


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