Here’s a small selection of what people have said about us.
  • An office building on the former Littlewoods site in Edge Lane has been crowned the most stylish in Britain.

    The Bunker building was once where pools and catalogue giant Littlewoods stored its catalogues , next to its famous art deco headquarters.

    But the once derelict site enjoyed a £4m makeover last year as part of plans to make the area a hub for the film industry - and has now won an award for its stylish design.

    The firms based in the 20,000 sq ft site, redeveloped by Liverpool architects Shedkm,include film and TV companies which make graphics and carry out post-production work.

    Bunker took home the award for the best workplace of its size at a national award ceremony organised by British Council for Offices (BCO) last night.

    The judges were impressed by the large amount of natural light, and the way the stark concrete structure has been restored and kept visible throughout the building.

    The site has a distinctive, simple white, yellow and stone design, with chic minimalist kitchens.

    The revamp of Bunker was also praised for helping to kickstart the wider regeneration of the Littlewoods Edge Lane campus and Liverpool Innovation Park.

    Council bosses across the region agreed to help fund the the main Littlewoods building’s transformation into an 11,000 sq metre film studio next door in July.

    Developers Capital & Centric hope to make the site the “Pinewood of the North” with a £30 film and TV studio complex.

    Liverpool has become a popular destination for film shoots in recent years, including scenes for Sherlock Holmes Captain America and Peaky Blinders.

    But the developers are hoping the city can become a hub for post-production too, which is often largely done elsewhere.

    Richard Kauntze, chief executive of the BCO, said: “The approach to the project demonstrates how simple design can be effortlessly effective and deliver a great product, turning a redundant, derelict building into flexible commercial work space. The success of the Bunker shows a clear path forward for regeneration in the area.”

  • A ‘missing’ link in the city centre is to be filled in with a brand new bohemian neighbourhood - after plans for the new Kampus development on Aytoun Street were approved by the council.

    The £200m scheme will transform Manchester Metropolitan University’s old campus near to the Gay Village, creating 500 apartments alongside independent businesses and a ‘secret garden’.

    Adam Higgins, from developers Capital and Centric, said it would be a ‘quirky’ and ‘off-beat’ neighbourhood that was ‘completely non-corporate’, including a mixture of independent cafes, bars and restaurants - stressing they didn’t want to build ‘something that is new and shiny and lacked soul’.

    The development will create 500 apartments alongside independent businesses and a ‘secret garden’

    £200m new Kampus neighbourhood 'could harm treasured city centre buildings'

    He added: “In our view Kampus really represents this missing link between Piccadilly, Canal Street and the village...and the fire station site, so it plays a very pivotal role in this area of the city in terms of future regeneration.”

    At its heart will be a ‘secret botanical garden’ surrounded by restaurants and overlooked by rented apartments, where all bills will be included in the monthly price. Residents will also have their own communal garden.

    The remaining Aytoun Tower will be refurbished, with a ‘rooftop village’ of Dutch-style timber houses on top.

    Kampus will also have space for two gyms, an art gallery and a doctor’s surgery or dentists.

    Councillors approved the plans, which Historic England had warned would cause harm to listed buildings in the vicinity, including Minshull Street Crown Court and London Road Fire Station, because of their scale.

    Kampus will also have space for two gyms, an art gallery and a doctor’s surgery or dentists

    Kampus: Stunning images show how the new city centre district could look after transformation

    Developer Tim Heatley of Capital and Centric said he was delighted the plans had been approved.

    He said it would help the gay village remain a ‘thriving’ place by adding restaurants and shops that people will visit during the day as well as at night.

    “We have very much knitted into the local fabric so that it’s a real melting pot of people - students, people going to the village, tourists, lawyers from Minshull Street, so I think it will be somewhere that’s like nowhere else in the city,” he added.

    Demolition work on most of the existing campus is expected to start in the autumn, with the first apartments due to be ready in 2019.

  • 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.”

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