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Here’s a small selection of what people have said about us.
  • The Foundry Film Studios has been designed specifically for the creation of TV and advertising content, photography shoots and events.

    The £1.5 million facility on Ordsall Lane will serve as an artistic hub where content producers can be supported in a creative, yet digital and agile environment, technology boundaries can be challenged and where their team of mobile film makers have the ability to spring into action to capture footage remotely to be beamed back into the facility.

    The Foundry Film Studios also offers an innovative and adaptable space, where events producers can deliver innovative concepts for up to 600 people in a unique and inspiring environment.

    It is managed by a young team comprising 28 year old managing director James Shannon and 23 year old producer Madeline Penfold.

    “Our combined ambition was to create a space which is ultimately an artistic hub and where collaboration is at the core,” says James.

    “We wanted to make it feel like a home-from-home environment and develop an alternative to the cold, un-welcoming feeling that is so often found in a lifeless empty studio. We have built a space where traditional workflows can be broken and a place where we can continually adapt to the needs of our clients.

    “The TV industry has evolved and boundaries are constantly being pushed. Experience, process and technology are very much a focus of the Foundry Studios and being able to work with our clients across the world offering them an immersive live experience is second to none.”

    The Foundry is home to two expansive studios, with one studio containing one of the largest infinity coves in the northwest. The facilities are complemented by edit facilities, dressing rooms, creative breakout areas, a mezzanine platform, bar area and its own in-house collective of directors, producers and editors.

    “We’ve listened carefully to the needs of our clients, looked at the changing needs of the industry and brought together a team of talented in-house directors, photographers, producers, editors and production support in a space where we can challenge traditional techniques and join our clients on a ground-breaking journey creating and delivering content,” says Madeleine.

    “There’s so much happening in Manchester in the creative and digital sector and we want to ensure The Foundry is positioned right at the heart of the excitement.”

  • Capital & Centric has revealed plans for a £50m residential scheme in central Manchester.

    The developer has submitted a planning application to convert a grade II listed mill complex near Piccadilly station into a residential scheme providing 201 one, two and three bed apartments.

    The cluster of buildings is situated on Fair Street, Chapeltown Street, Congou Street and Baird Street around a central courtyard area.

    The proposed scheme – known as Crusader Works – was designed by Shedkm and will provide 126 apartments in the existing mill and a further 75 apartments in an adjacent 10 storey building.

    Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “Crusader Works is one of Manchester’s forgotten treasures and has been neglected for too long.

    “Our unique design led scheme will see the sensitive restoration of the mill using creative conservation designs to provide efficient and attractive living spaces and ensure the long term sustainability of the listed buildings.”

    The developer is also responsible for Kampus – the £200m mixed-use scheme on nearby Aytoun Street which is being delivered with joint venture partner, Henry Boot.

    Work on Crusader Works is due to start on site next May, with the first phase of the apartments to be ready for occupation towards the end of 2018.

  • Capital & Centric has sold Hangar 1 and 2, the two units which make up its £3.5m industrial scheme at Estuary Commerce Park in South Liverpool, to a video production company and a film technology firm.

    Sports media firm, PPL acquired an 18,000 sq ft building as its new HQ and to accommodate its video production facilities, while Gencoa has taken the neighbouring 22,000 sq ft building for product development laboratories.

    The two buildings are situated on the old Liverpool Airport runway in landscaped surroundings and were speculatively developed by Capital & Centric, using £1.4m of ERDF funding following its acquisition of the five-acre site from the Homes & Communities Agency last year.

    The buildings, designed by SixTwo Architects and built by Seddon Construction, are super energy efficient and have subsequently been awarded BREEAM excellent ratings.

    Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “We have developed several buildings on Estuary Commerce Park now. These projects have created hundreds of tech jobs for the local economy, regenerated brownfield land and delivered energy efficient buildings; it’s something we’d like to continue to do here as well as on other sites in the North. Hangar 1 and 2 defy the typical stereotype of a dull grey industrial warehouse by providing a light, bright and inspiring place to work in a prominent location befitting to a headquarter facility.”

    CBRE and JLL acted for Capital & Centric on the disposals. DLA Piper was the appointed lawyer for Capital & Centric.

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