Flutter Entertainment opens £15m tech hub in Leeds

By Dominic Marius-Markham

Flutter Entertainment has opened a £15m ($20m) office in Leeds with a focus on technology and innovation.

The Irish betting group, which operates under big-name brands like Betfair and Paddy Power, is set to gather 1,700 employees under one roof with its new site in the northern English city, which the company claims will serve as a centre of innovation in areas such as product development, software engineering and research and insights.

“Our new office in Leeds is our vision for the future of working and we are excited to welcome our colleagues to this modern, agile and flexible workspace,” said Conor Grant, the CEO of Flutter Entertainment UK and Ireland.

“The entire Flutter Group has benefited greatly from the leading technology capabilities we have developed in Leeds through our talented and highly skilled workforce, and this investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to both the city and our colleagues.”

Located at 4 Wellington Place in Leeds Dock and designed by property development firm MEPC, the new office will occupy 136,000 square feet across eight floors, with the top two dedicated solely to social activities.

According to the company, the site will also play host to more than 800 technology professionals and house Sky Betting and Gaming’s (SBG) ‘Skills Academy’, as well as a self-funded ‘Kickstart’ scheme.

Grant added: “We will also continue to be a positive force in the communities we serve, with our Skills Academy and Kickstart scheme offering exciting opportunities for young people to develop their skills.”

Flutter also impressed the environmental considerations that went into the hub’s construction, noting that it received a BREEAM Excellent rating on completion, while all break-out furniture was made from recycled materials and six electric car charging points are present in the basement.

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