LIVERPOOL’S new purpose-built film and TV stages have officially been named.
The new production facilities are to be called The Depot, taking inspiration from the location’s history as a former bus site for Merseyside Transport Limited.
The naming coincides with the news that Morgan Sindall Construction has reached the first major milestone for The Depot, with the topping out of the two 20,000 sq ft sound studios.
Situated adjacent to the famous Littlewoods Building, off Edge Lane, The Depot is seen as critical to Liverpool’s strategy to cement its reputation as one of Europe’s premier film and TV production hubs.
Liverpool Film Office is already in talks with major global production use of the stages, which are expected to be operating by this summer.
Liverpool is one of the major film destinations in the UK and, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, is experiencing the busiest period for film and TV production on record, in part accelerated by investment in several shows from the Liverpool City Region Production Fund.
The pop-up studios will offer a temporary facility to capitalise on the current demand for studio space until the nearby Littlewoods studios scheme is complete.
It is predicted The Depot will create a £24m economic boost for the regional economy, creating 360 new jobs and 760 indirect jobs.
The city is currently hosting productions such as ITV’s remake of The Ipcress File and BBC’s Peaky Blinders and The Responder starring Martin Freeman, as well as recently welcoming blockbusters such as Warner Bros’ The Batman, and high-end TV drama such as Netflix’s The Irregulars, Channel 4’s Help (w/t), BBC’s Time and Sky’s COBRA and Tin Star: Liverpool.
Councillor Wendy Simon, Acting Mayor of Liverpool, said: “I think The Depot is a perfect name for these studios – as it’s a place where ideas will come to life and will make the magic we enjoy on the screen happen.
“As a well as being a nod to the site’s history, The Depot is also a signpost to the city’s future – one built on a creative and knowledge-based workforce.”
Richard Potts, area director for Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “Liverpool’s magnificent architecture means it has long attracted film and TV productions from all over the world. Now, with The Depot the city will be even more attractive to the creative industries, resulting in significant investment and the opportunity to create valuable jobs for local people. It’s a pleasure for our team to work on another development in the city that will help shape its future for many years to come.”