1 September, 2008
Manchester City Council prepare plans for a £5m media hub to further boost the creative industries in the North West
Manchester City Council have been preparing plans to refurbish the former Sharp building, with the aim of creating a new digital media production hub in East Manchester. The council believes that the “Sharp building has the potential to become a significant digital media production hub, providing large-scale, cost-effective office, workshop and studio accommodation, combined with a world-class technical infrastructure.”
Once fully refurbished the Sharp building is expected to bring in an annual rental of £640,000. This suggests the rental of £4 per sq ft – making it affordable for small media agencies to take advantage of a thriving central location, just minutes from the city centre.
The Sharp project is a significant opportunity for Manchester to respond to the emerging needs of the city’s thriving digital production sector. The project will further develop Manchester’s already strong skills base in the sector and create a number of high quality jobs. This move, along with the recent development of Salford’s Media City, an innovative and creative hub at Salford Quays, will strengthen The city region’s standing as one of the most culturally rich and creative areas of the UK.