Manchester’s Printworks unveils £21m transformation

20th March 2024 | Jack Oliver

The refurbishment of Manchester’s Printworks leisure scheme has been revealed following a £21m investment.

At the centrepiece of the refurbishment is a 10,764 sq ft digital ceiling screen – the largest in Europe – covering the scheme’s internal streets. It is complemented by an interactive gaming screen as well as other features such as newly-designed gateway entrances and public realm upgrades.

Following a city-wide competition, a 210 square metre public art piece, created by Alex Sylt, has been installed at the scheme. It was chosen by the people of Manchester in a public vote as well as a panel of judges including Norman Cook, AKA Fatboy Slim.

Ben Haller, director at scheme owner DTZ Investors, said: “This transformation is without precedent and is a game changer for the UK leisure sector. We’ve created something unique at Printworks which will continue to entertain domestic and international visitors for years to come. This has only been possible due to the dedication and commitment from a large professional team, overcoming many challenges through the last five years from inception to delivery.

“Printworks has been a successful and resilient scheme since opening, over 20 years ago. DTZ Investors is responding to the changes seen in the way consumers spend their leisure time and the high expectations placed upon such entertainment destinations. Advancements in technology have enabled us to innovate and strengthen the Printworks brand to ensure it remains at the forefront of UK leisure.”

Since DTZ Investors acquired Printworks in 2017, Vue has re-geared its flagship cinema on a new 20-year term and has invested £6m into a full refurbishment. Other new tenants have also been secured, such as Tenpin, Treetop Golf, and Boom Battle Bar.

Images: Printworks


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