Developer Capital & Centric and the Homes & Communities Agency are in advanced discussions with Liverpool City Council to create a 12-acre production complex next to the Littlewoods Building on Edge Lane.
A report on Littlewoods Studios Liverpool is due to be considered by the council’s Cabinet next week. The facility will contain a new home for Liverpool Theatre School, currently based in Aigburth. There will also be space for the city’s creative community, designed as an overflow of the successful Baltic Triangle district near the city centre.
The government’s Film Office found that in 2014-2015 the city missed out on a potential £20m filming revenue due to capacity issues in the city.
The production facility will contain 30,000 sq ft sound stages in a building with up to 50 foot ceiling heights.
The Littlewoods Building and adjacent land is currently owned by the HCA, which would sell its interest to the city council.
If the report is approved, work on the £25m project is expected to start immediately. The former Littlewoods Pools Building has been vacant since 2003. Capital & Centric recently completed the £4m conversion of the Bunker Building on the wider site, 20,000 sq ft of speculative office space, attracting digital and creative companies. The company will continue to work onsite and take direct ownership of the site with a 250-year lease from the council.
Michelle Rothwell from Capital & Centric said: “The Littlewoods Buildings is part of the history of Liverpool, with more than 2,000 people working there at one time. We’re really looking forward to bringing back to life what is an incredible and fascinating part of Liverpool’s heritage. We love converting buildings, they’re perfect for creating an inspiring destination, with co-working space, cool cafes and restaurants, and an environment to help businesses grow.”
Carl Moore, HCA head of area for the Liverpool City Region, said: “Using our land to help meet housing and growth priorities in Liverpool is central to our business and our local approach. We have been working with Liverpool City Council towards bringing this iconic building back into use and towards realising the film and media hub, which is a Mayoral Priority.”