The Sharp Project in East Manchester has signed up a new tenant, Liverpool based Lime Pictures Ltd, the makers of Hollyoaks, together with Objective Productions, for its 30, 000 sq ft production stage. The space will be used to film a new Channel 4 comedy drama, Fresh Meat, which will follow student housemates as they embark on their first year university education in Manchester.
The post-watershed eight x 45 minute episode series has been created by the Peep Show’s Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain who are also lead writers. The project will be jointly produced by All3Media indies Lime Pictures and Objective Productions. The space has been hired for a 28 week period. Set build will start later this month.
Group Head of Production at Lime Pictures, Jamie Hall said: “The Sharp Project makes the perfect base for a comedy drama set in the north. Lime and Objective’s aspiration is to create a hit show for Channel 4 that becomes a long running returning series. It’s particularly exciting to be part of this fascinating initiative at this embryonic stage, which is creating a unique community for digital start-ups. It’s also great to work with Sue Woodward and her team again.”
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council said: ”It’s fantastic that The Sharp Project is now attracting the attention of some of the UK’s leading television production companies. To secure this major production is very exciting and ensures another northern based series is filmed in Manchester.”
Sue Woodward OBE, Director of The Sharp Project said: “This is another coup for The Sharp Project. Yet again to be selected as the base for a high profile drama is excellent news. These guys have ambitious plans for this production and we’re pleased to be able to accommodate their needs. We share their aspirations and by working together we hope another long running comedy drama can come out of Manchester.”
The Sharp Project, based at the former Sharp warehouse less than ten minutes from Manchester city centre is nearing completion. The facility offers a unique mix of space, from office accommodation in converted shipping containers, to offices complete with skylights and mezzanine views over a central campus. The fully glazed ‘Winter Garden’ will also provide around 5,000 sq ft of rehearsal/event space. Two other sounds stages of 4,000 and 28,000 square feet complete the offer.
Mark Hughes, Chief Executive of the NWDA, said: “In a short space of time The Sharp Project has positioned itself as a highly attractive base for creative and digital businesses. This is an excellent facility bringing new life and economic benefits into the heart of east Manchester.”
David Malpass, Head of the European Programme at the NWDA, said: “There is a lot of excitement around The Sharp Project based on its unique accommodation offer and high quality of facilities. It is gaining an excellent reputation and the partnership with Lime Pictures will spread the message even further.
The Project is funded by Manchester City Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and the European Regional Development Fund.
Led by urban regeneration company New East Manchester and project managed by Mace, Bramall Construction is undertaking the construction work on the refurbished building that has been designed by PRP Architects.
The building is located on Thorp Road, off Oldham Road and next to Central Park’s Gateway transport interchange, which includes a Metrolink station, due to open this spring.
Source: The Sharp Project