Work has officially begun on the new Lane7 site in Durham.

Plans for the new boutique bowling alley were announced a few months ago and contractors have now moved onto the site. The former Fat Budda in the Walkergate Scheme will be transformed as part of the £1.5m project and the new site is due to launch this summer.

The new venue will boast walnut bowling lanes, cricket batting cages; darts; beer pong; basketball hoops and arcades. As well as a large bar and an outdoor seating area.

Graeme Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Lane7, said: “Work has started to transform the space, the new look and feel will be completely different to the old venue with graffiti bowling lanes and lots of gaming.

“The countdown to opening is on and we can’t wait to get the doors open.”

The new site will create more than 30 new job roles for local people and the hunt for new staff has begun. Anyone interested in a job at the new venue can send their CV to

Lane7 is no stranger to the North East of England having been founded by Tim Wilks in Newcastle before opening in Middlesbrough, as well as operating a sister-brand in North Shields and operating its nationwide support centre from Darlington.