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  • Capital & Centric has finished its 47,000 sq ft Foundry development in Salford, formerly known as Digital Village, and has sold 7,300 sq ft in two units to music video producer The Gate Films.

    Built by Williams Tarr, the previously derelict plot opposite the grade one-listed Ordsall Hall, is now the site of 12 business units and a public boulevard. Designed by architects SixTwo, the units are designed to be super energy efficient.

    According to Capital & Centric, the developer has a further 33,000 sq ft at the Foundry under offer, with announcements due to be made in the coming weeks.

    The public boulevard running through the centre of the development links the Manchester Ship Canal towpath to Ordsall Hall on Ordsall Lane. A pontoon for a new water taxi is proposed at the end of the boulevard once the taxi service is in place.

    The project has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, providing more than £1.1m of investment.

    First occupier The Gate Films is fitting out its two units as sound stages for the creation and production of TV and film content.

    Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “Our design-led approach has been the key to the success of the scheme, it’s allowed us to be selective over the occupier mix, the incoming businesses really value the aesthetic we’ve achieved. We’ve created hybrid work spaces for new ways of working and that’s evidenced by the exciting businesses we’re attracting. It’s great to have completed a super new scheme in my home city of Salford.”

    Joint agents CBRE and LSH have been appointed to sell the business units.

  • Developer Capital & Centric is set to create the ‘Pinewood of the North’  at the former Littlewoods headquarters off Edge Lane

    Movie industry firms have already started moving in to the site of what is set to become the ‘Pinewood of the North’ at the art deco former Littlewoods headquarters in Liverpool.

    Developer Capital & Centric (C&C) is to turn the building, in Liverpool Innovation Park just off Edge Lane, into a major £30m film and TV studio complex - with work possibly starting at the end of this year.

    The company predicts that the facility could see the £20m annual revenue the city earns from movie makers easy double to £40m within a couple of years and see the creation of more than 1,000 jobs.

    Manchester-based C&C says a firm that produces graphics for film, TV and architecture projects and a film rendering company with clients across the world, had already moved into the adjacent 20,000 sq ft Bunker Building.

    C&C director, Tim Heatley, this week delivered a presentation on the project at the Liverpool stand at the MIPIM property and investment expo in Cannes . The firm is a member of the 36-strong Liverpool delegation to the event.

    Liverpool has become a favoured location for film and TV drama show makers in recent years some major features have been filmed here, including Sherlock Holmes, Captain America, Jack Ryan, Fast and Furious 6, Nowhere Boy and the TV dramas Peeky Blinders and Foyle’s War.

    Last summer, Hollywood stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant filmed Florence Foster Jenkins in Liverpool city centre.

    However, once the cameras stop rolling all post-production for the films is done elsewhere. The Innovation Park facility could mean much of that work could be done here.

    Mr Heatley wants the site to become a “cluster” of movie and digital industry firms. He told the ECHO: “It is necessary to attract additional productions to the city and to retain those we already have here.

    “It is also to ensure that once they have chosen the city as a location then they produce and post-produce their content here too.

    “That will help reverse the cycle of the talent drain to the south and it will also help to encourage and engender new talent who will see that there are real opportunities here for them in the city.

    “The spectrum of knowledge and skills in this sector is vast - joiners and electricians through to make-up artists, set designers and through to sound production.”

    The first phase of the project will also see the Liverpool Theatre School, currently based in Aigburth, relocate to the site. C&C already has planning approval from the city council.

    Mr Heatley said a major plus was that the site was previously home to electronics giant Marconi and so already benefits from the super-fast broadband needed by the digital sector.

    The company has already delivered a number of successful schemes in Merseyside and is currently putting together the funding for this project.

    Mr Heatley added: “For us it is really important for us not to just rent the space out but creating connections with like-minded and similar businesses. We create connections and that is how we find the value.”

  • Capital & Centric has launched housebuilding arm Nowhaus, and is seeking to acquire and develop sites in partnership with Greater Manchester and Merseyside local authorities to bring forward several hundred homes each year.

    The Nowhaus concept has been designed by architect shedkm, and aims to create affordable housing which maximises the living space within the property as well as allowing for high-density development.

    [Nowhaus plan] The mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom houses would be built back-to-back in terraces for space efficiency, with low-maintenance roof gardens and car parking spaces.

    Capital & Centric is aiming to build twice as many homes on a site than the traditional housebuilders, and is targeting plots of three acres or more which could deliver around 100 homes per project.

    The company, which was co-founded by Tim Heatley and Adam Higgins in 2011, used the MIPIM UK conference in London last week to present the concept to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis.

    According to Heatley, Nowhaus is based on economies of scale, which allow for cost savings to be passed on to the end user. “We want to build communities up,” he said. “We’re aiming for pioneering sites where there have been challenges around development, and that are big enough to change how people look at the entire area. The bigger the site the better.”

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