Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Racquets Is Serving at Superspeed

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Racquets Is Serving at Superspeed

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Byline: COREENA FORD Business writer coreena.ford@reachplc.com @Scoopford

AFORMER sports building in Newcastle that lay empty for 25 years has been transformed into cutting edge offices.

The Racquets Court building in College Street was built in 1888 and was home for the city's fans of racquets - a cross between real tennis and squash - until its popularity faded.

The building lay derelict for years until it caught the eye of tech firm Gavurin, whose founders Paul Miller and Mike Lowenstein purchased and renovated The Racquets Court.

The company is now based within the building, which has a connection speed to New York of just 65 milliseconds, 10 milliseconds faster than London, after being the first to be connected to the Stellium Network, a 40km metro fibre network that runs around the city.

As well as being Gavurin's new HQ, there is 1,866sq ft of space on the first floor and 12 flexible co-working desks on the ground floor available to let to companies or individuals who require high-download speeds.

The design of the building has been created to respond to an increased demand nationally for flexible, all-incost office space, so offers all-inclusive deals to tenants which includes everything from bottomless tea and coffee, to cleaning, connectivity, meeting rooms, telephones, electricity and gas, to backoffice management and business rates. The interior roof design, which uses tension wires and timber trusses, has been preserved, as has an original spiral staircase which was restored and relocated.

Gavurin, which stores, manages, analyses and interprets data for companies, needed to move to the larger HQ from its former base in Wallsend to house a growing team.

A separate company to the data firm, Gavurin - called Gavurin RC Ltd - owns and manages the office space at The Racquets Court, which has 200Mb download and upload speeds with an ability to scale up to 1Gb. …

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