I have seen for myself the enormous effort that went in to tackling the blaze at the Littlewoods building and have been hugely reassured that the blaze will not destroy plans to bring the site back to life as a new film and TV hub.
The essential fabric of the building has survived the suspected arson attack, thanks to the efforts of our fighters, as I and local councillors Nathalie Nicholas and Abdul Qadir saw on our recent visit.
It was horrible to see the scale and intensity of the blaze, and I know that the local community will support every effort by the police to identify the cause of the fire and who was responsible.
Exciting plans were agreed before the fire to bring high-quality jobs to our constituency as part of the huge investment in a new film studio on the site.
The good news is that when we met with the developers, CAPITAL&CENTRIC, it was clear that we can all work together with the council and others to progress these plans.
The plans will see film, TV and creative industries locate to the site, with the former Littlewoods buildings restored and new sound stages built on the adjoining land.
CAPITAL&CENTRIC plan to transform the iconic 1930s art deco style building into a £50 million destination for big-budget TV, film and supporting industries. The development will see the existing buildings restored and two 20,000 sq ft Hollywood-ready sound stages built on the adjoining land. Earlier this year, the company announced a deal to bring Twickenham Studios – the UK’s longest established film studios – to the site.
The plans build on Liverpool being used as a filming location for scores of international productions such as Florence Foster Jenkins, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Peaky Blinders.
You can click here to see an overview of the development plans.