Green light for £14 million Manchester Space Project expansion

Planning permission has been given for the £14m expansion of The Space Project in east Manchester, which will create 275 new jobs and see it double in size.

Manchester architecture firm PRP, designers of both The Space Project and its sister hub The Sharp Project, has been appointed to design the new scheme, which was given the go-ahead to expand by Manchester City Council.

Space Project II will house more than 90,000 square feet of new buildings for television and film production and related services. Housed within a new acoustically treated single-storey property, the 30,000 sq ft stage building will include air cooling and heating, vehicle access, dressing rooms and wardrobe and makeup facilities.

The founder of The Space Project, Susan Woodward, said: “It is fitting that we are building the next wave of Manchester’s industrial revolution, digital content, on a site that played such an important part in its industrial heritage.

Although they are very different industries they are driven by the same ambitions – to be the best and provide new jobs and career opportunities for local people.”

Set to boost the economy by nearly £10m a year, construction work is due to start in January, with completion expected to be in October 2017.

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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