Although neither dock10 nor Salford council was willing to comment, Prolific North understands that the contract to manage the Landing’s content production hub has been won by dock10. The tender was reissued according to EU regulations following the change of status at Sumners earlier this year.
No one was willing to comment but it is understood that over a dozen companies tendered for the contract.
The content production hub is one of three specialist hubs at the Landing. The process to identify a new operator for the Interactive Media Labs is still under way following iBurbia’s decision to withdraw last year.
Mediasmiths won the other contract.
The Landing has been built across six floors of the Blue Building at MediaCity and takes up 53,500 sq ft.
It was funded through the European Regional Development Fund, the Northwest Development Agency and Salford City Council. The focus of the investment is geared towards small and medium sized companies working in interactive technologies and games,
The content production hub is based on the second floor of the ‘Blue Building’ and is intended to be a “high-tech hub” for SMEs across the North and beyond, who can use the facilities on an open access basis.
Despite some initial teething issues with two of the three original operators of the specialist hubs, the Landing is otherwise making sound progress with all the available space for tenants – around one third of the 53,000 sq ft – now occupied while ‘On the 7th’, an in-house media lounge and members bar managed by Eclectic Hotels, is proving to be an increasingly big draw with many companies within and beyond MediaCity.