Planning permission has now been granted by Manchester City Council for a £14m expansion of The Space Project in West Gorton, east Manchester.

The expansion will see the TV and film production studios double in size.

Across the 6.8 hectare (17 acre) site, more than 90,000 sq ft of new buildings will be built for TV and film production and related support activities including a 30,000 sq ft stage. The acoustically treated single storey building with air cooling and heating will have vehicle access from each end through its 6m x 6m stage doors and offer dressing rooms, wardrobe and make up,  green room, production offices and other facilities.

Also included on site will be more than 6,000 sq ft of offices and green rooms, 10,000 sq ft for set construction workshops – equipped with water and power and vehicle access via roller shutters – and a further 40,000 sq ft of business units to rent for companies who supply to the TV production industry.

Construction work is due to start on site in January, with completion expected to be in October 2017.

Staff Reporter

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