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The Space Project 

is set for take off

The UK’s newest drama production hub - based in Manchester - is to be called 

“The Space Project”, reflecting the 360,000 sq ft of space on offer.

The site will include 55,000 sq ft of dedicated studio space, split into 24/7 security, a purpose built canteen, landscaped outdoor amenity, 
five purpose- built and sound-proofed production stages.
screening and conference rooms, will provide the finishing touches to 
a development designed to give production companies access to 
The visual identity has been developed by The Sharp Project team, 
Alistair Weir, at PRP Architects, and graphic designer Malcolm Garrett, extensive space options, combined with an intelligently planned 
The Space Project will have its own logo, yet sit within the branding support infrastructure benefitting from a highly competitive rate card.
already created for The Sharp Project.
The Space Project has been devised by 

Retaining the same style, the logo Sue Woodward OBE, Project Director at 
will again represent the building The Sharp Project, who continues to 
oversee all aspects of construction, 
management and delivery.
Malcolm Garrett said: “There is a 
built-in graphic flexibility that allows She said: “It’s important for the region’s 
for current and future expansion of economy to capitalise on the UK’s 

the ‘Project’ family. The Space Project expanding drama production sector which, 
has its own distinct brand mark, but in part, is driven by tax breaks introduced 
by using type and colours in the same by the Government in April 2013.
way, it will be instantly recognisable 
“The Space Project creates a new offer for 
as part of a bigger story.”
the North of England that will generate 
The site, in West Gorton, and just ten
interest from producers and broadcasters 
minutes from Manchester city
both in the UK and overseas. With so much

centre, is due to open in May this year. In addition to the production high spec production and back stage space available it seemed fitting to 
space, the building will house construction workshops, prop stores, call the building The Space Project. To have a purpose built drama stage 
and flexible office space for short and long term production rentals. complex in Manchester is very exciting and will help satisfy the 
Five new entry level roles will be created via the SharpFutures talent relentless demand for such facilities here in the UK.”

pool and, when fully let, up to 500 people will be employed on site by The drama facility is part of Manchester City Council’s creative digital 
production companies and tenants.
asset base, created following the success of The Sharp Project.
With four stages at 11,500 sq ft and a fifth of 9,000 sq ft with a large 
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Just a ten 
infinity cove, they are all air-conditioned, acoustically treated for minute drive from its sister site on Oldham Road, The Space Project will 
sound separation, and enhanced reverberation and acoustic add to Manchester’s creative digital portfolio and provide an important 
performance, fitted with lighting rigs with I beams, 1gb fibre internet 
addition to the successful production facilities at The Sharp Project.
with 36 wireless access points, secure overnight parking and “The new site will create employment opportunities in the sector for 
designated hair and make-up facilities.
local people.”
Dedicated support space directly adjacent to each of the stages will 
Manchester based firm PRP Architects, who designed The Sharp 
include a full suite of dressing rooms, shower facilities and an onsite Project, has been commissioned again for The Space Project. The 
laundry, as well as extensive flexible support space providing tenants 
with conveniently located production offices. The 10,000 sq ft prop building contractor is Willmott Dixon and Project Management is 
shop, situated adjacent to the rear stages, is linked to the stage via an being delivered by MACE, with Turner Townsend overseeing finance.
For more information on the new site and to discuss bookings, please 
extensive canopy, so sets/props can be transferred with ease, not 
subject to weather.
email or call 0161 205 5508 or visit


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