ALL +’s Old Granada Studios Contract

Recently formed ALL + Management wins facilities management for the Old Granada Studios on Quay Street, Manchester

Old Granada Studios, Manchester. Image by Pit-yacker.
Iconic: the Granada Television studios on Quay Street, Manchester, as seen in 2006. Image by Pit-yacker (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

Who remembers the good old days of ITV when we had our own regional franchises? Back when the late Tony Wilson used to co-present Granada Reports as well as managing Factory Communications? In our neck of the woods, Swinton and Manchester were in the epicentre of what’s known as Granadaland. The most iconic television studios in the country – outside London – was Granada Television’s base on Quay Street, Manchester. The old Granada studios was noted for The Beatles’ early television appearances as well as Coronation Street.

With Granada Television (or more correctly, ITV Granada) moving to MediaCityUK, the Quay Street studios were vacated. Now, they are being managed by ALL+ Management, a newly formed facilities management company headed by Melanie Jones and Rob Yates. Britain’s earliest purpose built TV studios is part of Allied London’s St. John’s neighbourhood.

The Old Granada Studios offers space for creative projects, live performance and open air events. Its forecourts play host to street markets. Close to the site will be the forthcoming Factory arts centre. ALL+ Management aim to take a holistic approach to property and facilities management.

ALL+ Management’s site covers the whole studio area from the warehouse building to the purpose built studios. The Old Granada Studios’ centrepiece is the purpose-built complex designed by Ralph Tubbs. In case the Granada franchise flopped, the studios were designed for conversion into a hotel.

Formed in January this year, ALL+ Management’s Head Office is on the second floor of the Old Granada Studios. They also have another two offices in Leeds and London.

ST Maintenance Solutions, 22 June 2017.

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