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Criterion Software (EA Games)

Client: Criterion Software

Project value: £800k

Completion: August 2000

Criterion Software is a video game developer, now part of EA Games.  Following the success of their RenderWare technology in the 1990s, Criterion expanded rapidly and needed further space for their growing business.  When the adjacent building lease became available a move and reorganisation to accommodate new staff was planned.

Our challenge was to import their high tech requirements into a Grade II listed Georgian property.  The project included the relocation of the company's support and management services into the newly acquired building.  Following this, a reorganisation and refurbishment of their existing building, which DHP had moved then into only a few years previously, was undertaken to accommodate the growing band of programmers, system architects and developers.

The newly acquired Grade II listed building was sympathetically refurbished and modified with a modern design, reflecting Criterion's fresh approach.  New facilities within the existing building included a new commercial standard performance and recording studio and a series of focus pods engineered to encourage creative thought and flow.