Littlewoods Studio CGI 2
The two studios are to be operational next spring

Liverpool lodges plans for pair of studios at Littlewoods

Dan Whelan

The council wants to build two 20,000 sq ft sound studios on land next to the Littlewoods Building as part of a strategy to create a film and TV hub in the city. 

Work to build the studios could begin in November subject to planning approval and the council said they could be operational by next spring.  

A lead contractor for the project will be appointed next month, the council said. 

The project forms part of developer Capital & Centric’s £54m plan to transform the former Littlewoods pools building, located on Edge Lane, into a centre for the film and TV industry. 

Littlewoods Film and TV Studios is intended to become a “Hollywood of the North” in Liverpool, according to the developer. 

In July this year, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority approved £17m to support the scheme. 

Last week, Liverpool John Moores University agreed to lease 75,000 sq ft at the development. 

Twickenham Studios has signed to take 85,000 sq ft at the 750,000 sq ft scheme, and the letting to LJMU takes the project to around 60 to 70% pre-let, according to Capital & Centric.    

Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool, said: “Liverpool’s reputation in the TV and Film industry is second to none. The city’s ability to double up as New York, Chicago or Moscow means we regularly see it on the silver and small screen.  

“The demand from production companies to come here has now reached a tipping point and we need to take the city’s offer to the next level.”   

Steve Rotheram, metro mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “These new facilities and the wider Littlewoods Studios development will mean that we are able to offer the full package to productions, from providing stunning filming backdrops to the more technical editing and recording work.  

“This scheme has the potential to be a real game-changer for the entire region, building a ‘Hollywood of the North’ that will attract jobs and productions from around the world to the area.” 

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Perfect. Liverpool often doubles up for New York and you`ll often see them filming around the Georgian Quarter, amongst other classically beautiful areas.

By Liverpool romance

Get it built!

By Anonymous

Good news and progress, get it built before the heritage lobby say there’s a medieval chippy underground the site.

By Lovepool

Just brilliant

By Anonymous

I also forget the perfect location of the nearby Wavertree Botanic Gardens. The perfect spot for them to spend their lunch break.

By Liverpool romance

LJMU & Twickenham Studios take a combined 160k sq ft of a 750k sq ft scheme, but its now 60-70% pre-let….so who else is in the space ?

By Anon

A niche project which will have great impact on the wider positive image of the city …..so hopefully help bring more investment As liver becomes even more attractive

By George

To steal someone’s line…….HollyWOOD, PineWOOD, LittleWOOD. More creative and associated technical long term jobs…….spot on! Channel 4 must be kicking themselves they didnt come to Liverpool.

By Billy

Work COULD begin in November….is this realistic ?
Plans for the Littlewoods Building have been knocking around for nearly ten years…and nothing has materialised……would it be that Media City down the road is not happy with the proposition?
Let’s hope note…..Lets see spades in soil..

By Anonymous

@Billy. BlackPOOL HartlePOOL LiverPOOL. Channel4 made the right decision.

By 2345

John Moores Uni can’t even clean their own existing estate…it’s filthy to study in as a PhD student…

By North by North-West

Hartlepool, Blackpool – Liverpool the real pool. Boom!

Lets get filming!

By L5 alive

Get over it East Lancs. It was 190 years yesterday since Liverpool built the Liverpool – Manchester railway. Liverpool’s been on its way back for quite a while now and you can’t stop it.

By Roscoe

@2345………? Its probably a great place, but where are the sound stages in Hartlepool?

By Billy

Haha this post makes slot of noise, secretly Liverpool is a prime location for filming , believe me this is absolutely huge for Liverpool no matter what negatively the envy throw at it !!!

By LIVERWPOD

Liverpools vibe is electric

By Anonymous

PRIME LOCATION

By Anonymous