BBC Network drama first to use new production facilities in East Manchester

BBC Network drama first to use new production facilities in East Manchester

Posted 21st May 2009 at 05:49 by

Cherie Lunghi in Casualty 1909
Cherie Lunghi in Casualty 1909

Manchester City Council and New East Manchester plan to transform the former Sharp warehouse in Newton Heath, east Manchester into a new centre for creative industries, offering talented starters, young entrepreneurs and established professionals the opportunity to develop and prototype their ideas in a purpose-build environment that provides unrivalled access to very high speed broadband connections.

To be known as The Sharp Project, construction on the first phase of the quarter of a million square foot complex starts in March and will be complete by this summer although network production is already underway on site.

Drama production company Stonecity are shooting the new BBC 1 drama ‘Casualty 1909’. It stars Cheri Lunghi and locally sourced craft teams have built a permanent set that recreates a Victorian London hospital.

The Sharp Project will offer flexible affordable production studio space and office accommodation along with connectivity to the internet exchange facilities at Manchester Science Park, the only facility of its kind outside London.

Sue Woodward, Project Director for The Sharp Project said:

“The Sharp Project is about Manchester playing its role in nurturing the digital entrepreneurs of the future. We are basically a growbag for talent that can provide space to flex up and down at an affordable price whilst giving access to next generation access broadband. Stonecity have already made The Sharp Project their second home and we are confident we can attract more start up and high profile productions in the near future. The level of regional, national and international interest has been incredible.”

Casualty 1909 is a six part series due to be aired on BBC 1 in May 2009. For further information on New East Manchester visit

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The Sharp Project
Thorp Road
M40 5BJ
United Kingdom