Twickenham Studios has said it will still be going ahead with its planned new Liverpool facility, despite the fire that caused substantial damage to the iconic location last month.
The west wing of the Littlewoods Building in Liverpool – along with the clock tower – suffered damage to the floor and roof. There were fears the fire could put the building’s planned £50 million redevelopment in jeopardy.
However, the area due to be occupied by Twickenham Studios, the anchor tenant for the building, was untouched.
Andrew Boswell, commercial direction at Twickenham Studios, said: “It’s almost a perfect storm for the UK’s film industry – one that Liverpool can absolutely capitalise on. As well as the huge rise in investment in film, the appetite for original content from the streaming giants such as Netflix and Amazon is putting what the UK currently has to offer under strain.
“Ask anyone in the industry and they talk about space. At Twickenham we receive enquiries for large scale space – from the UK and international productions – on a weekly basis. Liverpool has all the right ingredients to make Littlewoods Studios the leading site for new TV and film studios in the UK and we can’t wait to be part of that story.”
According to reports, figures from the British Film Commission and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have also visited the site recently to learn more about the scheme.