The Sharp Project

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The Sharp Project
Type of projectProfit for purpose
OwnerManchester City Council
FounderSue Woodward
Established2011 (2011)

The Sharp Project is a Manchester space hosting flexible office, production and event space. It is based in a 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) refurbished warehouse previously occupied by electronics company Sharp.

Manchester City Council purchased the former warehouse owned by the Sharp Corporation in 2006 for £6.1 million and decided to keep the Sharp name for the new development.[1] The development of the facility was headed by Sue Woodward, former Managing Director at the Granada Television franchise.[2]


The £16.5 million profit-for-purpose development is owned by Manchester City Council.[citation needed] Completed in June 2011, it was funded by Manchester City Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and the European Regional Development Fund. Manchester has the second-largest cluster of creative and media industries in Europe.[3]

Creative digital agency and social enterprise SharpFutures is located at The Sharp Project.


In February 2011, Tiger Aspect Productions selected The Sharp Project to film a comedy series, Mount Pleasant, for Sky One.[4]

In 2011, Lime Pictures and Objective Productions filmed Fresh Meat, a comedy for Channel 4 based on a group of students and their experiences at their first year at university.[5] In 2015 Objective Productions filmed the fourth and final series of Fresh Meat at The Sharp Project.[6]


  1. ^ "New role for Sharp shooter Sue". Manchester Evening News. 21 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Interview: Sue Woodward". February 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Talent Pool". Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Sky and Tiger Aspect choose The Sharp Project for new comedy series". The Sharp Project. 25 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Lime Pictures to shoot new comedy at Sharp Project, series 2 and 3 were also filmed at The Sharp Project". Manchester Evening News. 7 March 2011.