Bailiffs shutter The Wired Lobby following alleged 'breach in terms and conditions of operator’s lease'

The Wired Lobby, in Captain Cook Square
The Wired Lobby, in Captain Cook Square -Credit:Teesside Live

Bailiffs have shuttered new Middlesbrough esports venue The Wired Lobby.

Teesside Live can reveal that enforcement agents have secured the Captain Cook Square unit following an alleged breach in the terms and conditions of the operator's lease. It comes months after the venue opened to customers in December, following several delays.

The project has been shrouded in mystery in recent months after the venue temporarily closed in February, before reopening in early March. Bosses apologised for the "lack of communication regarding the closure" at the time - but the venue has not reopened since closing ahead of Easter weekend, with pictures showing the site shuttered this week.

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A notice has since been taped to the wall outside of the venue. The Wired Lobby is yet to respond to the closure, with the last social media update posted before Easter.

The notice, drawn up by enforcement agents Looprevil Ltd, states: "Under the terms and conditions of your lease, we, as authorised agents acting on behalf of the landlord, have this day re-entered these premises and the lease is hereby determined.

The notice outside The Wired Lobby
The notice outside The Wired Lobby -Credit:UGC

"Any attempt by you or your agents to enter the demised premises will result in criminal/civil proceedings being taken against you. All enquiries must be made in the first instance to the above office of Looprevil Ltd quoting the above reference."

As previously reported, the development encountered several delays after initially scheduling a May 2022 opening date and finally welcomed customers into the former Peacocks store just before Christmas. However, after just weeks of trading, it closed temporarily.

Middlesbrough Council - which confirmed the news of the bailiffs being asked to secure the unit - bought the shopping complex several years ago.

Teesside Live understands that the firm Gaming Venues, which is trading as The Wired Lobby, previously received around £500,000 from the council, half as a loan and half as a grant. It is understood that the council has a legal charge against all of the fixtures and fittings in the units if grant or loan recovery is required at the site.

Captain Cook Square is currently undergoing a huge regeneration project, with go-karting venue Level X set to be joined soon by American fast food chain Wendy's, a boutique cinema, and a new restaurant.

The authority has not revealed any details regarding what terms and conditions of the lease were breached. A spokesman said: “The managing agent of Captain Cook Square has instructed bailiffs to secure this unit. This follows a breach of the terms and conditions of the operator’s lease."

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