Ocean Terminal redevelopment steps up as Level X confirms new Leith venue


OCEAN Terminal has agreed a long-term lease with Level X, the gaming and immersive entertainment provider, which will see a new purpose-built, state-of-the-art leisure venue open at the centre next year.

With a vast range of activities on offer including bowling, minigolf, table tennis, karaoke, arcade games and a virtual reality arena, the new 29,000 sq ft venue will be adjacent to the ground floor entrance of Ocean Terminal, amalgamating nine units plus the mall space between them. 

The Ocean Terminal facility will be Level X’s second Scottish venue, further to the opening of Level X St Enoch in Glasgow in September 2022 – bringing the popular gaming hospitality model to life on Edinburgh’s waterfront. Level X also opened a venue in Middlesbrough earlier this year. 

Following the extension of the Edinburgh Tram network to Newhaven, Level X forms a part of Ocean Terminal’s major redevelopment as a town centre for the local community. Ocean Terminal’s £250 million masterplan will see the centre reconfigured, alongside new homes and public realm to maximise its unique waterfront location and fulfil local aspirations for 20-minute neighbourhoods.  

Tim Wilks, founder at Level X, said: 

“Level X is all about merging the games you loved as a kid with cool tech elements to elevate the experience. We have been all over the world looking for the latest and best games, with a particular focus on tech, that will be showcased perfectly within the venue. The fit-out will be fantastic, with lots of colour, different zones, and huge attention to detail.

“We’re really looking forward to bringing Level X to Ocean Terminal – it’s a mind-bending concept, mixing virtual and real-world experiences. Level X is the future of entertainment today.” 

Chris Richardson, Managing Director of Ambassador Investment Management, the Scottish owner of Ocean Terminal, commented: 

“Level X embodies a new approach to entertainment by combining gaming and hospitality, creating an exciting, fun and unique offer that is enjoyed by families and adults alike. We are delighted to welcome Level X to Ocean Terminal as part of our major redevelopment and reimagining of the centre.

“Level X’s long-term commitment to Ocean Terminal is a huge vote of confidence for our future as a town centre for the local community – combining attractive leisure options with hospitality, shopping and community amenities.”

Donald Syme, Asset Manager, who acted for Ocean Terminal, added: 

“Leith is undergoing a huge regeneration and Ocean Terminal’s redevelopment is right at the centre of that. We’re excited to work with the team at Level X to open their second Scottish venue and make it as much of a success in Leith as it has been elsewhere in the UK.”

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