A new landmark development in the oldest part of Middlesbrough has won an industry award for “setting the market standard”.

Boho X, the digital sector complex completed in 2023, won the innovation award at the North Region British Council for Offices Awards last week.

Set over seven storeys and 60,000 sq ft in St Hilda’s, Boho X boasts a gym, health studio, lecture theatre and rooftop bar alongside its modern office accommodation.

The project was led by Middlesbrough Council and judges said it demonstrated how “public-private partnerships can serve as a pioneering catalyst”.

“It has transformed urban spaces and propelled the North’s digital and creative sectors to global prominence. The office sets a market standard with its distinctiveness, flexibility, and top-notch amenities,” they said.

Games developer Double Eleven has taken occupation of the building as its UK headquarters.

Mark South, Chief Operation Officer at Double Eleven said, “We are delighted to take occupation at Boho X, it is a significant milestone for the company in growing our presence as a global gaming company headquartered here in Middlesbrough.

“The innovative building design has provided a solid foundation on which to develop our thinking in terms of providing international-standard accommodation for staff and put their wellbeing front and centre of our fit out.

“In Boho X we have provided an environment for success for our staff, our partners and demonstrates our positive impact on the community.”

Cllr Theo Furness, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Regeneration, said: “Boho X is a stunning building and will soon be home to one of our town’s most exciting employers.

“It’s much more than an office environment and by having facilities like this here in Middlesbrough we can attract the kind of investment and businesses that support everyone in the town.

“Boho X sits within an area that is going to see major regeneration and investment over the coming years and the building is going to be prominent part of that.”

The submission to the awards by JM Architects set out how the building could “put Middlesbrough at the heart of the most important and rapidly evolving industries in the world”.

The BCO Awards were established to “define excellence” in office space and provide public recognition for top quality design and functionality.

Middlesbrough Council delivered the project working alongside Galliford Try, Sine Consulting, H.Malone and Sons, Roscoe and Gardiner and Theobald. It was funded by Tees Valley Combined Authority.

Boho X was built to the highest environmental standards and more than 70% of the construction workforce came from within a 40-mile radius. The project also offered opportunities to apprentices and work experience students.

Header image © Double Eleven