Baltic Creative has appointed Liverpool-based Union North Architects to redevelop 15 warehouse units within the Baltic Triangle area, south of the city centre.
Union North said the £1.9m catalyst phase is being funded by the North West Development Agency and European Regional Development Fund.
A total of 18 low-rise commercial units in redeveloped and refurbished historic warehouses on Brick Street and Jordan Street are being delivered by Baltic Creative for those working in the creative and digital media industry.
The £600,000 pilot phase is already on site with Nobles Construction, which includes three units being subdivided into 11 studio spaces.
Miles Falkingham, from Union North, said: "It is not enough to deliver functional space at the market price, the proposal must offer something peerless and uncontestable, it must excite and seduce people. It must create a desire to associate and credibility by proxy for end users. We propose to populate the Tin Sheds with a flexible community of uses and objects that generates a radical atmosphere and delivers a natural environment for pioneering creatives."
Falkingham added that the development will include a creative campus, with spaces for graduate and small medium enterprises to work in tandem with existing creative and digital businesses.
Anna Heyes, from Baltic Creative, added: "We're looking forward to developing these ideas with the design team with the aim of making a start on site in the next few months."