The UK’s Littlewoods Studios project in Liverpool got a shot in the arm today with news of a £17m ($22m) funding commitment from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.
The £54m regeneration project by developers Capital & Centric aims to transform the iconic Littlewoods Building on Edge Lane into a new home for film and TV productions. Having laid derelict for years, the plan is for Twickenham to become the venue’s anchor tenant once it is up and running.
Part of the funding will be used by Liverpool City Council to deliver temporary ‘pop up’ studios to be built on land neighbouring Littlewoods. These are scheduled to be operational by the end of the year.
Liverpool is among the most-filmed UK cities outside of London with productions including Sky Atlantic’s Tin Star and Netflix UK’s The Irregulars. Liverpool Film Office is currently administering a £2m production fund to attract more filming in the city region and this week has welcomed back the start of a number of productions.
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “Littlewoods Studios is a hugely exciting regeneration project and this funding will ensure we can deliver the studios for the people of Liverpool. With streaming services like Netflix booming during lockdown, there’s going to be more demand than ever for studio space. While Liverpool has a blossoming digital and film industry we want to capitalise on filming opportunities and the economic benefits they bring. Littlewoods Studios is going to change all that, providing Hollywood-standard facilities that will complete our world class offer. Now, more than ever, we need to be looking to the future and focusing on major regeneration projects that will deliver highly-skilled jobs and investment for the long term.”
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