A NEW gaming experience bar and escape room look set to arrive in Bournemouth town centre.

Plans are progressing for Boom Battle Bar and Escape Hunt to open in the BH2 leisure complex in Exeter Crescent.

The new attractions are set to occupy ground floor units which were previously occupied by Las Iguanas, Ask Italian and Handmade Burgers.

A reconfiguration will be carried out to convert the three vacant units into two units.

Legal and General Trustees Limited and Legal and General Property Partners (Leisure) Limited have secured planning permission from BCP Council for a change of use.

Bournemouth Echo: The currently empty units at the BH2 leisure complexThe currently empty units at the BH2 leisure complex

A statement on behalf of the applicants by planning consultant CarneySweeney said: “The concept for both tenants is to provide an adult-focused indoor leisure venue with ancillary licensed bar and restaurant.

“Boom Battle Bar currently operates in nine locations and Escape Hunt operates in 15 locations, throughout the UK.

“It is anticipated that once trading the units will create the combined equivalent of 30 full-time jobs.”

It is proposed that opening times will be 10am to midnight Monday to Thursday, 10am to 1pm on Friday and Saturday, 10am to midnight on Sunday and 10am to 1.30am on public hours.

The statement said these hours largely reflected the opening hours approved for nearby Brewdog.

“Boom Battle Bar and Escape Hunt are established brands, successfully trading in town and city centre units throughout the country,” the statement added.

“The uses will compliment, and positively contribute to the BH2 development, as a leading leisure destination in Bournemouth.

“The units subject of this application have been vacant for some time as a result of the global pandemic.

“The proposed tenants will allow the units to be brought back into active use, enhancing the vitality, attractiveness and viability of Bournemouth town centre.”

Bournemouth Echo:

Boom Battle Bars around the UK include a wide range of games and activities, including axe throwing, beer pong, shuffleboard, augments reality darts, pool and crazy golf.

BCP Council planning officers approved the application under delegated powers.

An officer’s report said the proposal complied with the aim of local planning policies by complementing the retail offer in the town centre and supporting the vitality and viability of the area.

Details on when the new venues could be open and what games they will offer has not been confirmed.