Progressive optical networking solutions provider NWIX has been chosen to provide Manchester’s new digital content production complex The Sharp Project with network connectivity which will provide the 250,000 square ft building with a high bandwidth, high speed, scalable network.
The Sharp Project aims to become a hub for digital and creative businesses based in former warehouse buildings off Oldham Road in Newton Heath, East Manchester, previously used by the electronics company Sharp. It’s a not-for-profit development backed and funded by Manchester City Council and regeneration company New East Manchester.
“We chose to work with NWIX because it could provide a solution that worked for the opening phase but which was scalable to provide excellent connectivity as the number of businesses in the centre grow,” said Sue Woodward OBE, New East Manchester’s Sharp Project Director & Creative Media Champion, Manchester.
“Many businesses within the creative and digital content production sectors are highly complementary to each other – the aim of the sharp project is to provide an environment where such an ecosystem can thrive and grow.
“One of the factors required in order to achieve this is ensuring the ecosytstem is ‘connected’ into the larger environment – NWIX provides a high bandwidth, low latency service which is vital, particularly within this sector, where potentially large media rich files are being transferred between sites.”
The complex will provide production space and sound stages, a 4,000sqft green screen visual effects studio, catering and events facilities and affordable office space.
Katie Gallagher, Business Development Manager for the digital, media and ICT sectors at MIDAS, said: “High capacity digital connectivity is key to the success of the creative industries in the UK. This collaboration between Sharp and NWIX shows the city region’s commitment to making sure that digital industries here have access to the cutting edge resources in order to grow and develop their businesses.”
John Ridd, CEO, NWIX comments; “NWIX has a network that covers the UK, so the hub is immediately connected into key locations in London as well as to others in Manchester. The vision for the future is to connect The Sharp Project to other key sites in the city – enabling both the businesses there and elsewhere around the city to take advantage of the facility and be connected into the broader picture,”
“The site is also looking to develop its own data centre providing data hungry, media rich organisations with on site co-location and managed hosting services.
“We’re very excited to be a part of the digital future of the city of Manchester and be a part of the work that Manchester City Council and New East Manchester are doing.”