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£10 million Manchester drama and TV hub secures first tenants

26 Jun 2014
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Manchester’s new 360,000 sq. ft. drama and TV hub The Space Project, has secured the first of its long term office tenants.

The first tenants of the new facility are post-production specialists Flix Facilities and TV and film resource publishers Kays.They join the team from the BBC’s new children’s drama ‘World’s End’ who are already on site in pre-production

.The arrival of Flix and Kays represents the next step in the Project’s strategy to create a cluster of support companies both on The Space Project’s extensive campus or in associated buildings adjacent to the main site.

Post production house Flix has been experiencing a period of rapid expansion over the past two years, adding to its operation in central Manchester with two locations at MediaCity totalling 29,000sq ft.the latest of which is the £1 million White Tower Project announced earlier this month.

They will now enhance that portfolio with a new base at The Space Project, offering post production support to any on or off site productions interested in taking advantage of their facilities and expertise.

Publisher of Kays Production Manual for 32 years, Kays is the essential TV and film industry resource for producers, production managers and location managers, with the company’s product portfolio now including Kays iPhone, iPad and Android Apps.

Already operating out of Pinewood Studios, the decision to establish a permanent footing at The Space Project in Manchester represents a significant investment in the growth potential of the production community in the North West.

Flix Facilities managing director Leo Casserley, said of the decision to join The Space Project: “The Space Project gives us the chance to be involved at the ground floor with a venture that we’re not only sure will strongly support our growth ambitions, but provide us with the opportunity to contribute to Manchester’s ability to continue to produce content that is second to none the world over.”

Bernard Kay, founder of Kays, added: “I’ve no doubt that The Space Project is set to become a nationally and internationally renowned TV production facility and I’m delighted to be amongst the first companies to be invited to come on board at the beginning of that journey.

"We’ll be offering support to incoming productions and business’ from our wealth of contacts and information and look forward to being a big part of the ecology.”

Sue Woodward OBE, founder of The Space Project, said of the new tenants’ appointments: “The Flixmodel is all about demonstrating that the North can offer high class post services, while Kays’ decision to join us at The Space Project is a further welcome professional endorsement of our objectives here.

"We look forward to welcoming on board additionalnew businesses in the near future with the ability to make a similar contribution to our ambition to make Manchester the go to place for independent production facilities in the UK.”
 

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THE team behind the Space Project, Manchester's newest TV production base, is expecting the 360,000 sq ft site to thrive on the back of a booming UK TV drama industry.

It is the brainchild of Sue Woodward who has already overseen the transformation of an old Sharp Electronics factory in Oldham Road, Newton Heath, into the Sharp Project, a centre for digital and creative firms, as well as TV and music production.

She went on to persuade Manchester City Council to let her take on the former Fujitsu site in Gorton and turn it into a "drama hub" with five production stages across 55,000 sq ft as well as dressing rooms, construction workshops, prop stores, and flexible office space. The site is off Wenlock Way, next to the now demolished estate that was used as a setting for the Channel 4 series Shameless.

The makeover has cost £10.6m with £6.1m coming from the council, £4m from a European Regional Development Fund grant, and £500,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency. Workmen are still applying the finishing touches but the BBC's children's channel CBBC is already shooting a new drama called World's End.

The UK TV production industry has more than 1,500 independent TV production companies, employing 21,000 people with total revenues of £2.2bn, according to the Treasury. It has enjoyed a major boost by the Government's decision last year to introduce a tax credit for TV drama which offers refunds of up to 20% of UK-based spending for qualifying TV productions. Mrs Woodward says she saw the potential of the Fujitsu site after turning productions away from the Sharp Project.

"Drama is an unbelievable growth sector for telly. We're really good at making it and TV audiences lap it up, but there's always been a lack of space. The industry was lobbying for the Government to bring in the same tax incentives for long term drama as for film, and since then there's been an avalanche of US productions filling up space in London," she said.

"It's not just catching the overflow from London. Up here we've got Jimmy McGovern's RSJ Films, Nicola Shindler's Red Productions and Paul Abbot's AbbotVision. We've got talent in front and behind the cameras. A lot of companies want to stay where the spirit of that drama is coming from. We want to build on and expand the indigenous Northern-based talent.

"We've a brilliant relationship with the BBC, Peter Salmon [director of BBC England] has been a fantastic supporter, we're exactly what they need. With those two things together - the BBC and the local talent - we will get more business. We've had Sky in the Sharp Project for four years producing Mount Pleasant and Channel 4's Fresh Meat for three years, so in London we already have a track record.

"But we're not here to steal work from London, we're here to accommodate the expansion of work in the UK because the UK is really full. If we don't do it, it will be Latvia, or Ireland, or Estonia."

The aim is to have the Space Project operating at maximum occupancy within three years, and to have created 500 jobs - an essential goal given the facility's location in one of the city's most deprived wards.

"The name of the game is to attract very high quality productions which help us to increase the apprentice programme," says Mrs Woodward. "Drama and TV isn't just about people in front of the camera. There are runners and caterers, accountants, make-up artists, set builders. There are lots of jobs and that can have ripple effects in a place like Gorton."
 

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Exclusive: The Space Project production hub “to double in size” by 2017

The Space Project, the Manchester production base of TV hits including Dragons’ Den and Cradle to Grave, is set to double in size under plans being considered by Manchester City Council. Proposals for a second and third phase of expansion would see an additional 140,000 sq ft added to the purpose-built West Gorton facility, which opened last year.
See more at: http://www.prolificnorth.co.uk/2015...-double-in-size-by-2017/#sthash.uMdLpu9F.dpuf
 

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Could it be doubling in terms of businesses operating on the site?
There's going to be 18 new small business units = 18 new businesses?
 

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No mention of that anywhere.

The figures mentioned are 360,000 existing + 140,000 sq ft new.

Looks like someone has ballsed up.
 

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App in for phase 2, AKA Outerspace.
112014/VO/2016/N2 | CITY COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT Proposed redevelopment of 3.5 hectares of land incorporating the erection of 3 no. buildings (with 8459 sqm of floorspace) of use Classes B1 and B8 throughout and additional D2 (restricted to Production Stage and Support for invitation only), with associated external works including car park re-surfacing, culvert capping works, associated boundary treatment and hard/soft landscaping.
The Outerspace Project proposes to develop nearly 90,000 sq. ft. approx. of new buildings for production and related support activities. This includes a 30,000 sq. ft. stage, 7,000 sq. ft. of production support space, 45,000 sq ft of business units for supply chain businesses and a 5,000 sq. ft. flexible set build/prop store area. The overall site area measures approximately 3.5ha.

http://www.publicaccess.manchester.gov.uk/associateddocs/selecteddoc.aspx?112014-dsx-0001.pdf


http://thespaceproject.tv/space-project-double-size-funding-approved-huge-expansion/
http://www.prp-co.uk/projects/detail/the-space-project-manchester.html
 

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About time, it had some nice views from the upper floors but was an awful office to work in. Child protection conferences for central district in Manchester were held there and it wasn't half a pain for families to get too. I'm not sorry to see it go.
 

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Click on the link below for more information and pictures.


Arbeta is the third project (alongside The Space Project and The Sharp Project) designed by PRP's Manchester Studio, which will help grow the creative and digital sectors within the region.

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Good News for the Film and Television Industry as Space Studios Manchester announce expansion plans
By Sam Whitear 8th September 2020


Since opening its doors in 2014 Space Studios in Manchester has fast become a much sought after destination for producers of high end drama worldwide and has become home to some instantly recognisable Film and TV hits, amongst them the multi-award-winning Peaky Blinders and Alex Garland’s critically acclaimed cult hit Devs.
Today it is announced that work has begun on a second expansion of the West Gorton site which could herald the development of two new 20,000sqft stages with supporting accommodation. This would increase the overall size of the site to 17 acres, with 105,000 sq ft of stage space across 8 stages.

Space Studios has solidified Manchester’s reputation as a location for TV and Film production and played a key role in Manchester’s economic strategy supporting 270 jobs and £19.5m in GVA. This growth in studio-based production has also been reflected through an increase in on location filming in the city which now sees close to 700 filming days a year and produces an on location spend of around £6.5m. Space Studios Manchester, with the support of Screen Manchester, has provided the backdrop to a vast array of dramas including the forthcoming Jared Leto fronted blockbuster ‘Morbius’ which saw the city’s Northern Quarter assume the role of New York.

Initial design work for the proposed new stages is expected to commence in Autumn 2020 with a target date for planning approval of Summer 2021. Construction could begin as early as Autumn 2021 which would see the new facilities opening in Autumn 2022.

Colin Johnson, MD of Space Studios says: “The UK tax break and the ever-growing need for content from streaming services has meant demand for studio space in the UK has been at an all-time high. Having the studios here in Manchester has meant we can capitalise on that demand and provide jobs and opportunities to local people and businesses. We are really excited to continue to build on that growth and really establish Space Studios as the home for High End TV Drama.”

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council who has been at the forefront of the creation of Space Studios adds, “Manchester has historically been viewed globally as a hub for creative activity and artistic and technical leadership. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of Film and TV Production. Manchester has proven just how much it has to offer to the people who make the entertainment we enjoy and so now we can look at expanding the Space Studios site. This in turn will offer opportunities for increased economic growth and importantly employment in the sector for the people of the Manchester City region and beyond.”
 
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