The framework for the new main stage at Manchester’s Space Project is now in place with the £14m expansion of the complex due to be operational at the end the year.

The complex currently has five large stages housing shows including ITV’s Cold Feet, BBC drama The A Word and BBC series Dragons Den.

The new sixth stage measures 212 ft by 140 ft and reaches a height of 40ft. The stage also has i-beam for easy rigging, a dedicated service yard with power and water, enhanced reverberation and acoustic performance, silent cool air-conditioning and Wi-Fi and hard wired IT.

The TV and film production complex will double in size. Across the 17 acre site, more than 90,000 sq. ft. of new buildings will be built for production and related support activities including the purpose built  30,000 s.q ft. stage.

Also included on site will be an additional 6,000 sq. ft. of production offices and green rooms, an additional 10,000 sq. ft. of workshops for set construction – 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 the TV production industry.

Adrian Bleasdale, CEO of The Space Project said: “The first stage of the Space Project has seen repeat business from every UK major broadcaster. But as dramas grow in their ambition and scale, we wanted to deliver an affordable large-scale stage that will accommodate producers creative ambition with the realism of good budget management. We think the new stage 6 will deliver just that – scale, at an affordable price and the back up of a superb on site team dedicated to a great client experience.”

Jon Creamer

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