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  • The creation of a 12-acre production complex by developer Capital & Centric and the Homes & Communities Agency next to the Littlewoods Building on Edge Lane has been approved by Liverpool City Council.

    A report on Littlewoods Studios Liverpool was considered by the council’s Cabinet last Friday. The facility will contain a new home for Liverpool Theatre School, currently based in Aigburth. There will also be space for the city’s creative community, designed as an overflow of the successful Baltic Triangle district near the city centre.

    The production facility will contain 30,000 sq ft sound stages in a building with up to 50 ft ceiling heights.

    The Littlewoods Building and adjacent land is currently owned by the HCA, which would sell its interest to the city council.

    The former Littlewoods Pools Building has been vacant since 2003. Capital & Centric recently completed the £4m conversion of the Bunker Building on the wider site, a 20,000 sq ft speculative office space, aimed at digital and creative companies. The company will continue to work onsite and take direct ownership of the site with a 250-year lease from the council.

    Work on the £25m project is expected to start immediately.

  • Liverpool can forge a reputation as the UK’s ‘start-up city’.

    That’s the belief of a London-based business incubator which was head-hunted by a Manchester developer to spearhead its £6m Liverpool city centre scheme.

    Launch22 was founded in Shoreditch, but was persuaded by Capital & Centric to become the first tenant in its Tempest building on Tithebarn Street, providing 35,000 sq ft of “quirky” office space aimed at entrepreneurs.

    Liverpool-born Matthew Kennedy is Launch22’s office manager and is determined to help as many start-ups as possible.

    Their offer includes co-working space for 60 individuals, as well as desk clusters for teams taking their next evolutionary step.

    A 1,500 sq ft event space is available free for fledgling firms to make use of, as well as an impressive rooftop garden space.

    Terms range from £120 a month for 12-hour full-time access to office space and mentors every day, a £60 part-time package, and a scholarship scheme aimed at anyone from a disadvantaged background.

    The venture is backed by national charity Catch22 and is its first outside London. Matthew said: “Liverpool was considered the perfect place to put our model in to.

    “Just like Manchester has branded itself as the ‘media city’, Liverpool can be the ‘start-up city’.

    “It has a low cost of start-up, and a high quality of land, the perfect place for businesses to grow.

    “We have a global brand in Liverpool, and over recent years we have developed a Liverpolitan way of life. We have quality at a relatively low cost and in terms of quality of life outside London, this is the perfect place.

    “Manchester presents itself at the centre of the Northern Powerhouse - but we can be a part of that.”

    He said the city also has many positives on so many levels: “Liverpool has learned from its failures in the past, and that is vital for entrepreneurs as well. There’s a lot of things going for Liverpool right now politically, in terms of a pro-business mayor, and the initiatives that are popping up.

    “It has drive and passion that are the characteristics an entrepreneur needs to succeed.”

    He added: “A lot of places are tech-focused, but we’re not. We are looking to help anyone set up a business.

    “Come to our events and learn how best to use social media or ask stupid questions, or questions you might have thought were stupid.”

    Launch22 officially opens on August 3, and is offering its services free for the month.

  • Developer Capital & Centric has unveiled its latest Liverpool office development to commercial property agents – the Bunker building, close to Edge Lane.

    The £4m scheme is next to the former art deco headquarters of pools and catalogue giant, Littlewoods, which Capital & Centric is also developing, and has benefited from the support of th European Regional Development Fund.

    The Bunker, a speculative scheme, will offer 22,000 sq ft of office space on two floors. The building was formerly used by Littlewoods to store its catalogues.

    Two prospective tenants are being lined up to take space while the Manchester developer is reporting “strong interest” in the remaining space.

    Capital & Centric co-founder, Tim Heatley, said: “The level of excitement created by this project is ace.

    “We have a creative approach to development and it’s fantastic to see what seemed a slightly ‘off the wall’ design come to life.

    “There’s been a huge amount of interest shown not just from office agents and occupiers but also the architectural and property development community keen to see how we’ve transformed a concrete box without windows into a light, airy, funky and energy efficient space!

    “We’re thrilled by people’s reaction to our design approach.”

    Commercial agents were treated to entertainment at the launch. This included a performance by Ryan Doyle, the founding athlete of the World Free-running and Parkour Federation, and there was also a nod to the history of its former occupier, Littlewoods with a “Spot the Ball” competition featuring Luis Suàrez and Mikel Arteta.

    Capital & Centric is creating a similar development for small businesses in Birkenhead.

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