Department Studios – now broadcasting…

February 7th 2022

Department offers state-of-the-art production studios, creative spaces and technical expertise, delivered in partnership with Versa Studios, to support productions of any size from single photoshoots to feature films and long-term projects.


AN ICONIC PRODUCTION DESTINATION IN MANCHESTER

Whether it’s a full broadcast in Studio 1 or a fashion shoot in the Content Studio, Department Studios is where the creative beat of the city is happening. Each studio is available as dry hire or if you require additional technical support for large-scale productions, our delivery partner Versa Studios can support with their world-class expertise.

THE INVENTORY

Department Bonded Warehouse Studios – 535 sq ft to 1872 sq ft

Department Bonded Warehouse houses six interconnecting studios that offer the ability to expand and contract to your production needs. Capable of separating into six individual areas, or merging into larger studio set-ups, flexibility and choice for all manner of production is catered for.

  • Studio 1 is the perfect place to view your final-cut, with a boutique finish, your clients can enjoy a full cinematic experience in this unique space. It can also be used as a Dolby edit and finishing room.
  • Studios 2 – 6 all have an exoskeleton grid system, with a 270-degree tab track that allows an easy rigging process and turnaround procedure. These small multi-camera / multi-purpose studios have a range of uses that include: small studio sets with multiple cameras, virtual reality green screen, white infinity curve for a larger TV studio look, stop motion, podcasts, product filming and training media content.

Each studio is acoustically treated and independently powered, they come equipped with 63 amp, 3-phase supply, available for use daily or long-term.

The studios come with various layout options from carpet and resin floors, with and without truss lighting systems, as well as furnishing and equipment options. We offer easy-to-add extras in partnership with Versa Studios, making production as easy as possible, including set, lighting design and delivery.

Need more space? No problem, because these spaces interconnect and can expand up to 174 sq m / 1,872 sq ft. The studios are serviced by breakout areas that consist of kitchen, toilets, shower facility, production spaces, workshop, tech and scenic stores, in addition to further multi-functional spaces that can provide green rooms, dressing rooms and much more.

To reserve any of these studios on a dry hire basis, view our booking calendar for up to date availability here

Or if you would like to discuss your requirements, please visit our Contact Us page to enquire.

Studio 1

Studio 1 is the largest space within the complex. The perfect studio for a production that needs independence and privacy, as the studio sits as a self-contained, stand-alone building next to its own lot with full ancillary spaces inside (wardrobe, props, dressing rooms and production offices).

Technical support and expertise is led by our delivery partner, Versa Studios.

  • 10,200 sq ft
  • Capacity up to 600 people (dependant on layout)
  • Gallery unit
  • Private catering available for talent & crew in The Stables food hall

To arrange a tour of Studio 1 and discuss your requirements, contact us here

Content Studio

A photography and content studio available to hire in Department Bonded Warehouse for the hour, half day or full day. The studio comes complete with a private dressing area for hair & make up.

To make a booking in the content studio, visit our booking calendar for up to date availability and instant booking here

What's on and events

Member Event: Pottery & Prosecco

Join us on 24th February in The Stables for an evening of Pottery & Prosecco. Learn from David Partington, an expert ceramic artist who has produced the finest stoneware for James Martin, John Lewis and The White Company.

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Podcasting Open Day

hosted by Reform Radio

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Meet Your Neighbour

Networking with the community.

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Yoga With Bay

Exclusively for Department members.

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“Particular praise for the look and feel of the space. Our teams can work flexibly both for focused work in our private office as well as collaboratively in the shared areas. We’d recommend it for any business of any size as it’s always the perfect fit.”

Modern Milkman

“Being a member has opened doors for us. We have been able to connect with other businesses and work with our neighbours, so we love the community aspect of Department (especially the Community team who are always on hand to help) ”

Credersi

“The highlight of working in Department XYZ is the support we receive from the team - there’s a real sense of community amongst members. We’re proud to work here and in one of the best locations in Manchester.”

Immediate Media

“Spinningfields and Department XYZ is a very professional and inspiring place to have as a business base. The best place I’ve worked from in my 30 year career.”

Spinningfields Lifetime Partners