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Avalanche is subleasing its Liverpool space from Very Group. Credit: Google Earth

Avalanche establishes UK base in Liverpool

Dan Whelan

The Swedish video games developer has taken an initial 7,500 sq ft at Atlantic Pavilion at Royal Albert Dock with a view to expanding up to 12,000 sq ft after 2023. 

Place North West revealed Avalanche Studios Group was on the hunt for a UK base last December. 

The company appointed Worthington Owen to draw up a shortlist of options in Liverpool. 

Avalanche is subleasing its Liverpool space from Very Group. The fourth floor office was previously occupied by Smaller Earth Group, a company that facilities exchange trips for young people. Smaller Earth relocated to Mann Island last year.

Avalanche’s office will be its first in the UK, adding to existing sites in Stockholm, Malmo and New York. 

The company has signed a short-term lease to 2023 at which point it will either look to expand within Atlantic Pavilion or search for larger office elsewhere in the city. 

Avalanche was founded in 2003 by Linus Blomberg and Christofer Sundberg and is most famous for developing the Just Cause series of games. 

The letting provides a fillip for Liverpool’s slow-moving office market, which is suffering from a lack of new, grade A space. 

Take-up in the city centre amounted to 50,297 sq ft in the last quarter, down 43% down on the 10-year average, according to Avison Young’s Big Nine office report. 

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A great addition to Liverpool’s burgeoning games and innovative industry. Looking at the positions being advertised elsewhere quality jobs and more to come. They seem to be a really good company all round.

By Liverpolitis

Excellent news for the city . Quality jobs being created in a fantastic location. Lets home there are more to follow. The city needs quality jobs much more than entry level apartment projects of poor quality and hospitality jobs paying minimum wage .
More of the same please , well done to those involved

By Paul M - Woolton

Brilliant news

By David

Cracking news, that. Well done to all involved. Does the council have a plan for encouraging more footloose games developers to come to the city? I’ll wait.

By Sceptical

Marvellous news!

By Stewart

Fantastic

By Anonymous

Liverpool hasn’t had a meaningful inward investment arm for a decade. At least not in terms of bringing in jobs and shoring up the economy. Any growth here is organic only. In this instance, a firm has chosen the city based on its fit with their ethos and wants as people. Luck would have it that, despite everything, the city resolutely still has strength in this particular area.

Now that Anderson is gone, the next step for the CA must urgently turn to democratic reform and the development of a proper inward investment arm, underpinned by solid targeted research: Identify weaknesses and gaps, and develop plans to close them.

So much rubbish is spouted about focusing only on strengths. This simply means stagnating, doing little as they ebb away, and allowing weakness to undermine them. Typically it is a policy insisted upon by those who have no interest in our city being prosperous.

By Jeff

Glorious glorious news!

I hope there will be more jobs for youngsters and more and more new office’s!!

By Mary Woolley

Well, it’s good to have some decent news for a change. The telling part of this is that last paragraph. That Avison Young big 9 office report can be found online and make some shocking reading for the city when you compare stats.

By Anonymous

Good news for Liverpool. Organic growth Jeff has always been Liverpool’s strength, within the creative fields at least but to sustain a city I suppose both are needed. Your points are excellent.

By Elephant