Twickenham Studio, known for its work on films such as Blade Runner, The Italian Job, and Baby Driver, is set to establish an 85,000 sq ft filming complex at Capital & Centric’s Littlewoods Studios in Liverpool.
The lease will see 40,000 sq ft within the 1930s Littlewoods buildings, and two new 20,000 sq ft sound stages on a neighbouring plot alongside supporting workshops; wardrobe and prop storage, and offices.
Early images of the £50m Littlewoods Studios show the new-build blocks next to the restored 1930s art deco style building.
Twickenham will become the site’s anchor tenant, with the overall Littlewoods complex targeted at film and media occupiers. The studio delivers valuable indoor filming space for a city already popular for its outdoor locations.
The deal is subject to planning permission. The architect is Shedkm.
Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “Littlewoods is one of Liverpool’s most loved buildings – it’s only fitting that we give the city something they’ll be proud of. Twickenham Studios couldn’t be a better fit. They’ll bring a century’s worth of film-making heritage and help to write a new chapter for the creative industries in and around Liverpool.
“Relighting the excitement and buzz around Littlewoods for a new generation of creative people will be incredible. Our legacy will be Liverpool becoming a proper powerhouse for the film industry, one that will inspire the city’s young people to take up a career in production.
“We’re taking what is an important part of Liverpool’s social fabric and creating something that has been on the city’s wish list for a long time. We couldn’t be prouder.”
Twickenham’s London studio was the UK’s largest when set up in 1913, and went on to be the setting for a roster of screen classics – including the Beatle’s Help and A Hard Day’s Night in the 60s.
Maria Walker, chief operating officer of Twickenham Studios, said: “This is a major milestone in our history. When we saw the vision for Littlewoods we knew we had to be a part of what will be an incredibly special place.
“Liverpool’s architecture, accessibility and can do attitude sees film-makers return to the city time and time again. With the added benefit of our studios, they’ll have access to gold-standard interior facilities right on the doorstep of unique exterior locations.”
The announcement comes a week after Liverpool made the shortlist of cities to become the new home to Channel 4’s regional base, with Littlewoods a core part of the city’s bid.
It is expected that the studios will be up and running in 2020.
Click any image below to launch gallery – photos showing Littlewoods in its current state, and artist’s impression after development completed