Next Steps for £70m Littlewoods TV and Film Studio

The next steps have been set out to unlock a potential £70m redevelopment of the iconic Littlewoods building in Liverpool, which could create almost 4,000 jobs. The scheme would aim to create one of the UK’s biggest TV and film complexes. The project includes major studios, creative office and new media facilities, and seeks to transform Liverpool into one of Europe’s premier TV and film hubs. The former art-deco HQ of the Littlewoods empire has been vacant for decades and is in a state of severe dilapidation, including fire damage in 2018.…

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Chill Factore Manchester. Photo - Wikimedia Commons

Snow Centres Group picks up “iconic” Manchester leisure site

The Chill Factore has been acquired by the Snow Centres Group as it looks to expand its UK portfolio. Located on the outskirts of the Trafford Centre, the venue comprises a 180m main slope – the longest in the country – and a 40m lesson slope, as well as a designated fun zone for sledging and snow play. It is also home to a broad range of cafés, bars, and restaurants, alongside retail brands such as Evans Cycles and Snow & Rock. Ian Brown, managing director of Snow Centres, which has…

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Airtastic bowling alley

Plans approved for new leisure facility north of Belfast

The thumbs up has been given for the development of an extensive new leisure and activities facility on the site of a former Toys ‘R’ Us store in Newtownabbey. Brought forward by JHT Property Development, the plans involve the change of use from retail to leisure with a new first floor mezzanine in order to accommodate the new indoor leisure facility, which will be operated by Airtastic. Airtastic currently operate four entertainment centres at Bangor, Cork, Belfast Westwood Centre and Craigavon. Measuring approximately 48,000 sq ft of indoor floor space,…

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