The main headquarters of Sky Betting and Gaming is being moved, but not more than a stone’s throw from its current location.
The company, which includes six core brands (Sky Bingo, Sky Bet, Sky Poker, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, and Sky Lotto), currently occupies both 2 and 6 Wellington Place, Leeds. However, its plan is to relocate around 1,400 staff to a new and slightly larger neighbouring building at 4 Wellington Place.
Wellington Place offers UK businesses a range of premium city centre offices in an exclusive development that includes an array of on-site amenities and perks such as urban gardens, free bike hire, a wine bar, a pub, a restaurant, a Sainsbury’s supermarket, a health and fitness club, a free library, a running club, and a workplace choir.
Currently, most of Sky Betting and Gaming’s staff are working from home due to the current lockdown restrictions that are in force across all of England.
Is a hybrid of home and office working the future?
While many other UK businesses are wondering whether permanently working from home is the way forward, especially as it would save them significant sums of money in rent, utility bills, and maintenance fees, Sky’s management team have a different view.
They believe that a hybrid working strategy would successfully bridge the gap between home and office working. As part of its plan, it hopes to create virtual “neighbourhoods” which would enable staff that are working from home to connect to physical spaces within the office.
At the same time, it realises that many companies and their staff have enjoyed unexpected benefits while working from home, and so, it’s only expecting employees to come into the office around 40% of the time.
Long-term, the company is looking to organise the office layout so that the desks will no longer have to be two metres apart. And, thanks to the new “neighbourhoods” and hybrid working policy, it hopes that employees will find coming into work “more appealing than it ever has before”.
The management currently predicts that the new premises will be up and running by the end of May 2021.