Work began on December 12 to transforming Liverpool's 1930s Edge Lane iconic Littlewoods Building for restoration and transformation into a film and TV production campus.
The first step will be a comprehensive strip out of the buildings and securing their structural integrity, preparing them for repurposing and restoration.
This first phase of work – expected to run until summer 2024 – will pave the way for main contractors to move in, with two new 20,000sq ft studios for big budget.
Councillor Liam Robinson, Leader of Liverpool City Council, said in a statement: “The remediation of the Littlewoods Building is a watershed moment for Liverpool’s TV and film industry.
“It marks the end of all the talking about the vision for this iconic site and the beginning of the action to make the dream a reality. Today is like going from script readings to first day of shooting.
“The excitement and anticipation of what’s to come is palpable. Yes, there’s some hurdles still to clear, but we know what the ending looks like and how to get there. I can’t wait for the day it opens and people get inside to start making their own film-making dreams come true and showcasing Liverpool’s phenomenal ability to make magic happen on screen.”
Recent productions filmed in Liverpool include 2023's Eurovision Song Contest, Warner Bros' The Batman starring Robert Pattinson, and Peaky Blinders.