Littlewoods Film & Television Studios

Littlewoods Film & Television Studios

This landmark, £60 million scheme is set to convert the Art-Deco former Littlewoods Building off Edge Lane into a world-class digital film and television studio complex. Building upon the success of The Depot, which was part of Liverpool’s economic recovery plan post pandemic, the site has already attracted Twickenham who are committed to take 85,000 sq ft of studio and ancillary space.

This development is a transformational scheme for Liverpool and the wider City Region. It presents an opportunity to build on an existing strength in TV and film production, bring high-profile occupiers into the city and enhance Liverpool’s standing with investors, businesses and workers.

  • Historic Art Deco Liverpool Building
  • £60 million redevelopment
  • 260,0000 sq ft commercial office space
  • Home to two high-specification sound stages
The remediation of the Littlewoods Building is a watershed moment for Liverpool’s TV and film industry. This important step marks the end of all the talking about the vision for this iconic site and the beginning of the action to make the dream a reality.
Councillor Liam Robinson
Leader of Liverpool City Council

The Liverpool Festival Gardens site, which lies just 3 miles to the south of the city centre, is split into three distinct zones:

Development Zone – 28 acres incorporating the former ‘Pleasure Island’ dome, plaza and waterfront bund

The Gardens – 25 acres of Oriental Gardens set around a sizeable landscaped mound with large surface car park remaining from Festival Gardens

Southern Grasslands – 37 acres of former Festival Gardens land that has self-seeded

The Development Zone, part of which was a former landfill site, once formed part of the International Garden Festival celebrations launched by Queen Elizabeth II in 1984.

  • CGI Artist impression of Littlewoods Film Studios
  • CGI Artist impression of Littlewoods Film Studios
  • CGI Artist impression of Littlewoods Film Studios

Liverpool’s long established creative and games sector skill base has supported the expansion of creative content makers with more than 144+ creative content companies already based across the city region of which 70% are based in Liverpool.

As technologies develop using games engines in visual effects there are more creative possibilities in film and TV production. This will support an economic cluster of creators, producers and innovators to this area. There is circa. 175,000 sq ft of commercial space available to let.

In December 2023, developers Capital and Centric commenced remediation of the site, beginning a comprehensive strip out of the buildings and securing their structural integrity, preparing them for repurposing and restoration.

This first phase of work – expected to run until summer 2023 – will pave the way for main contractors to move in, with two new 20,000sq.ft studios for big budget productions the first to be constructed on the neighbouring land.

  • CGI Artist impression of Littlewoods Film Studios
  • The Littlewoods Building was instrumental in World War II and famously home to the Littlewoods Pools
  • in 2023 Liverpool hosted 301 productions, consisting of 1,933 film days

The existing building features three distinct sections – the east and west wing, which are separated by the Hangar, a 1960s addition. Our proposals incorporate the existing building as well as the neighbouring land, with the Littlewoods Project set to feature:

Two new build 20,000 sq.ft studios, providing space for indoor sound stages for big budget productions | A screening and performance space with an existing hanger to feature five cinema screens, a performance space and a foodhall | Space in the West Wing for uses such as offices for creative businesses. | Workspaces in the East Wing, as well as workshops and studio support facilities. | Reinstating of the clock on the iconic tower. | A lush, green courtyard and landscaped areas

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