Lime Pictures to use The Sharp Project

Liverpool-based Lime Pictures and Objective Productions is using a 30,000 sq ft production stage at The Sharp Project in east Manchester to film new Channel 4 comedy drama, Fresh Meat.

The news follows the announcement BSKYB and independent television company, Tiger Aspect Productions, had chosen the digital media centre for the filming of the first Sky 1 HD comedy drama, Mount Pleasant.

Sue Woodward, 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."

Lime Pictures, the production company behind dramas such as Hollyoaks, said Fresh Meat will follow student housemates as they embark on their first year university education in Manchester.

The space has been hired for a 28 week period and the set build will start later this month. The project will be jointly produced by All3Media.

The Sharp Project is based at the former Sharp warehouse less than ten minutes from Manchester city centre, 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.

The 200,000 sq ft complex offers a mix of office accommodation in converted shipping containers, to offices complete with skylights and mezzanine views over a central campus.

The first phase was completed in April 2010. The £16.5m refurbishment project is being funded by Manchester City Council, the North West Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund.

The not for profit initiative is being led by urban regeneration company New East Manchester on behalf of site owner Manchester City Council.

Bramall Construction is undertaking the construction work on the refurbished building designed by PRP Architects.

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What’s that great sucking sound I can hear? That’s right, it’ll be what few tv jobs there are in Liverpool being hoovered up by the multi headed media hydra that is Manchester. That city would (and often does) have the shirt of Liverpool’s back given half a chance. Good to see then that the assimilation of Lime Pictures is progressing so nicely.

By Dave P