Music producer 80 Hertz Recording & Post Production Studios has started construction of a two-storey recording studio at the Sharp Project in east Manchester.
The 2,650 sq ft facility will have a six metre high live room for recording, mixing and mastering music. It will also be used for music composition, post production for television, film scores and advertisements. There is also studio space for hire, enabling smaller digital content based businesses to tap into the 24/7 media production facility.
George Atkins, the record producer who owns 80 Hertz, has worked with Lily Allen, The Twang, Twisted Wheel, Dizzee Rascal's label and Nigel Martin Smith's management company.
Atkins said: "Our unique selling point is the huge live room, allowing for beautiful natural acoustics in combination with ability to use the live room for many other ancillary uses, such as an events venue and photo studio.
"The design is forward thinking and has taken into full consideration the way media is now being created, distributed and consumed. It enables us to produce music to a world class standard 24/7. We also have scope to provide other forms of high quality content for the digital age i.e. streaming live video footage of events and gigs via Sharp's gigabit fibre Internet connection."
Sue Woodward, director of the Sharp Project, said: "It's tremendously exciting to have someone of this calibre in our building. 80 Hertz Studios is another jewel in the Sharp Project's crown. It allows us to offer our other tenants another brand new facility right on site which is fantastic. George approached us at just the right time. We were able to weave the recording studio into our plans so they had the freedom to create a space that suited their big ideas."
The former Sharp warehouse is being redeveloped by New East Manchester, the urban regeneration company, funded by £16.5m from Manchester City Council, the North West Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund.
The recording studio is due for completion early in the New Year.