Manchester’s Printworks has recently been granted planning permission for a £9m refurbishment, which includes the introduction of Europe’s largest indoor digital ceiling.
Measuring in at 1,300m2, the digital screen will create a canvas for fully immersive visual and audio experiences, and will be accompanied by a large interactive screen in the central pump-yard for social gaming and more.
Overall, the works will see improvements made to the aesthetics of the building with new gateway entrances, lighting and signage to make it more welcoming during both day and night and cater for its 24/7 audience.
The plans submitted by DTZ Investors, the owners of Printworks, mark the first major investment since the entertainment venue first opened 20 years ago. In recent years, Printworks has expanded its food and drink offer to include activity-led venues such as Treetop Adventure Golf, Escape Reality and Tenpin bowling (coming soon).
Printworks and its venues will remain open and trading throughout the refurbishment. Work is being structured to ensure minimum disruption to its venues and visitors.
A spokesperson for DTZ Investors, said: “The granting of the planning permission marks a huge milestone for Printworks as a landmark building within Manchester city centre for over 20 years. We have been sympathetic to the building’s heritage façade, whilst also recognising the need for technology and innovation to ensure that Printworks responds to occupier trends. Enhancements to the physical environment, alongside our latest restaurant and competitive socialising offer, will give customers a best in class immersive and memorable experience adding to the scheme’s international reputation in the leisure market.”
Printworks has also benefited from an overhaul of its branding, including a brand new website.