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Space Project expands in Manchester

Space Project expands in Manchester
Jon Creamer
02 October 2015

The Space Project has announced new expansion plans that will create another 140,000 square feet of production space next to the current 360,000 square feet site.

The Project’s backers, Manchester City Council, have earmarked large scale adjacent land and buildings at Space for demolition and development across a total of 6.8 hectares.

Proposals for Phase 2 include the construction of nearly 90,000 sq. ft. of new buildings for production and related support activities including a 30,000 sq. ft. stage, workshops and business units.  Phase 3 increases the size by a further 50,000 sq. ft. across the 6.8 hectare site.

Officially fully operational since October 2014, The Space Project has secured a raft of top TV shows in its first year, including BBC2’s Cradle to Grave and transgender comedy Boy Meets Girl; a fifth series of Sky 1’s Mount Pleasant; Paul Abbott’s No Offence for Channel 4 and international co-production, Houdini & Doyle for ITV Big Talk/Sony. The Space Project has also become the new home of the BBC’s Dragons’ Den.

Susan Woodward, Founder of The Space Project and architect of the new expansion plans, said of the proposals: “Opening the doors to a set of buildings last year was just the beginning; the real achievement was being able to attract the key players in the sector and win their repeat business. The Space Project’s expansion will support Manchester’s ambitions to host to the very best UK and international productions, expertly delivered by a skilled labour market and know-how that’s hard to find anywhere else outside London.”

Sally Debonaire, Director of Production, ITV Studios UK, commented: ‘From the Coronation Street mini-bus Crash to international co-pro Houdini and Doyle, The Space Project has provided a much needed facility in Manchester and the North West that ITV has taken full advantage of. The ambitious plans will further consolidate Manchester as the best place outside London for production talent.’

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