CGI of the revamped Old Granada Studios.
CGI of the revamped Old Granada Studios.
Nick Hill

Approval secured for redevelopment of Manchester's Old Granada Studios

Plans to revamp the Old Granada Studios have received revised planning consent from Manchester City Council.

Allied London’s revised application will see studios 02, 06, 08 and 12 retained and refurbished to provide a suite of multi-functional filming, production and studio facilities.

All Studios, Allied London’s studios business, will operate the space and has already attracted Peaky Blinders, Safe, Wanderlust and Snatch to film at the studios.

Modular workspaces will be developed to support the growth of startups and the new spaces will be linked by an arcade known as the M1 corridor.

A new nine storey workspace/residential building will replace the old annex building and consist of retail units, workspace, and residential space.

The new destination will foster business growth through the Enterprise City brand, which looks to provide workspaces for digital, tech and media industries.

Michael Ingall, Allied London’s chief executive, commented: “This is a second consent for the building and is important as it will enable us to now realise our more defined and focussed plans to revive the former home of ITV and transform the iconic studios in to a new creative, digital and cultural hub.

“We are now going to greatly expand the TV/Film studios activity to create something that will have National prominence through our All Studios platform. Our ABC and Bonded Warehouse projects, due for completion this year, will form a big part of this cluster and both encourage use and promotion of the studios and are already attracting big names in the media industry.

“Our vision with St. John’s and the unique inventory at Enterprise City is to build a sustainable new creative, tech and digital cluster for Manchester. Development on the first phases of Enterprise City in St. John’s has begun with ABC and Bonded Warehouse, and OGS will follow this summer.

“With our inventory plus the surrounding Factory arts centre, All Studios, adjoining plans for MSI, and links to Piccadilly through the Fire Station, St Johns is without doubt going to be a special place and our most diverse and successful development to date”.

Allied London acquired the Old Granada Studios in 2013. Construction is set to begin in June 2018.

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