Space Project re-named to reflect 'next stage of growth'

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by Simon Austin

The Space Project production facility has been re-named as Space Studios Manchester.

The purpose-built complex in the east of Manchester, which is backed by Manchester City Council, consists of five sound stages, production offices, dressing rooms and workshops.

A sixth stage of 30,000 sq ft is currently under construction and is due to open later in the year.

Adrian Bleasdale (above), the chief executive of Manchester Creative Digital Assets, the company that runs Space Studios Manchester and The Sharp Project, said the name change was more than just a re-badging.

“When Space started [in 2014], it was predicated on an incredibly detailed business case," he told Broadcast. "That business case has come to fruition and is working. We’re now re-investing in Space by developing a new 30,000 sq ft stage. This is about the next stage of growth.

“The new name helps to place where it is. Saying what it does also helps. We’ve found that people were referring to The Space Project as Space Studios.

“We picked up on that and are taking it forward. The new name is indicative of a step change in where the business is and what the business is here to do.”

Space Studios Manchester is currently being used to shoot Cold Feet and The A Word.