Sky Bet revamps in Leeds HQ for home and office working

Sky Bet revamps in Leeds for home-office.
Sky Bet revamps in Leeds for home-office.

Company moves to new city center headquarters that has been set up for both office and home working.

UK.- Flutter Entertainment-owned Sky Betting and Gaming will relocate its Leeds office to a new commercial project development in the city centre.

The firm plans to buils out its workforce to around 1,400 employees, but since most of its workforce is currently working from home due to lockdown measures the new office will be designed for a hybrid work scheme.

Sky Bet’s Brand Creative and Sponsorship Director, Michael Afflick, told the Yorkshire Post: “We’re trying to promote working from home when you want to and coming into the office when you need to, which we think will be about 40 per cent of the time.”

In the new offices there will be no individual desks but there will be six desks for every 10 people. They will be able to work from home or locate themselves in one of the “neighbourhoods” the company will establish for each department between the second and sixth floors of the building.

There will be between eight and 18 meeting rooms per floor and a total of 266 work desks.

The new building will also feature a roof top terrace, an in-house gym, a barista bar, a beer pump, silent spaces known as “zen zones” and a social gaming space with pool tables and other equipment.

Retail space for tenants in the reception area is still something the company is still considering.

There will also be training and interviewing facilities as well as an amphitheatre presentation area in the building that is expected to be finished by May 2021.  

The group is also building an app for people to book meeting rooms, parking and bike spaces and investing a large sum in video conferencing and audiovisual equipment to further boost its remote working capabilities.

Afflick said that due to Covid-19 prevention measures, every desk will be two meters apart. “We think that part-time office working and more collaborative spaces will set us up better for the future”, he added.