New Refurbishment Makes Xscape Yorkshire One Of The Largest Leisure And Entertainment Destinations In The UK
Property lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have advised Gravity Active Entertainment (Gravity), the fast-growing leisure and entertainment company based in Yorkshire, on its agreement for a 15-year lease, enabling it to construct a £2m e-karting experience at Xscape Yorkshire, one of the country’s largest leisure and entertainment destinations. This new experience will create 50 new jobs when it opens in 2022.
The new diversified site will increase in size by 24,000 sq ft.
Xscape Yorkshire was Gravity’s first UK site which opened in 2015 as a trampoline park and has since added Gravity Aerial Adventures, a sky coaster that suspends riders 70 feet from the ground; Free Fall, an invigorating free-falling experience; the Leap of Faith and Gravity Rocks, a climbing wall for both children and adults.
The new construction will add Gravity GT e-karting, the first e-karting of its kind in the UK, launched last year at Gravity SouthSide in Wandsworth and designed by racing experts. It involves high powered karts on a multi layered track that include the latest safety features and ability to deactivate the karts remotely and control top speeds at the flick of a switch. Further to this the site will offer F&B, karaoke and have its own Electric Gamebox, the UK immersive smart room for groups to interact.
Gravity also intends to do a full refurbishment of the trampoline park in Xscape Yorkshire in 2022 which will make it the most up to date trampoline park in the country.
Gravity currently operates from 17 sites in the UK including SouthSide in Wandsworth with a new site planned in Luton and a large franchise operation in the Middle East. It is expanding into Europe with the first new site in Leipzig, Germany. Gravity now employs 600 people, having increased its workforce from 384 since 2019, despite the challenges of COVID 19 and the lockdowns.
Expert Opinion“Gravity continues to expand and is taking the leisure and hospitality market by storm. There is a real demand for quality leisure and entertainment venues in the UK and Gravity is at the cutting edge of providing fun experiences that appeal to the whole family. We are delighted to have advised Gravity on all its property matters to date and look forward to seeing Xscape Yorkshire in its new creation.” James Knowles - Partner
James Knowles was assisted by real estate solicitor Laura Jones.