Tim Speed, Managing Director of Elevator Studios, is supporting the companies marketing manager, Alex Kelly, with a move to the city’s north dock where she is set to replicate the Elevator concept in this emerging part of the city.

Along with business partners Kirsten Little and Liam Kelly, Alex has secured a long term lease on two vacant warehouses set adjacent to the Kazamiers’ latest incarnation, the Invisible Wind Factory.


‘Make Liverpool’ has been described as, ‘a place to play, make and fix; bring an idea and take away your invention.’ Open to members, residents and the public, the 18,000 sq. ft. facility will host a range of events and courses, also offering permanent creative space, upon official launch in September.

Alex has worked with Tim for several years, simultaneously launching her own creative hub within Elevator (alongside Kirsten and Liam), ‘Ninety Squared’, which is home to an eclectic mix of media and creative businesses. Honing and developing a successful working model there, the trio now aim to roll the concept out on a grand scale at their new site in Regent Street,

Tim will support Alex and her business partners by offering advice and mentoring as well as overseeing some aspects of the project management.

Tim Speed, Managing Director of Elevator said: “Elevator was one of the fist buildings to undergo a full regeneration programme in the Baltic area in 2007 and its launch undoubtedly helped kickstart the rebirth of the area. Today, the area is incredibly popular with a combination of creative, media, musical, and tech businesses as well as leisure and retail schemes, which is brilliant. Naturally, inquisitive minds will be looking at what and where’s next for the city and the north dock is a really interesting area. When Alex approached me to discuss her venture I was really keen to get involved.”

Alex and her partners are carrying out much of the work themselves at the vast warehouse space, drafting in friends and family at weekends and evenings to help make the transformation.

Alex said: “We’ve had so much support and enthusiasm for the scheme, it’s been amazing! From practical hands on lifting and ripping out to seed money from the beautiful ideas Co, the response we’ve had has been overwhelming. The support we get from Tim, however, will be different, and will be based on his experience with Elevator and later, Camp and Furnace. He can help guide us through the red tape and bureaucracy that we will undoubtedly face and support us as we grow and develop Make Liverpool for years to come.”

Working with partners, Make are currently investing in core equipment, offering facilities for woodwork and welding to 3-D printers, laser cutting and CNC milling. Make already house printing equipment, large scale production space and a gallery, alongside an events space.

Alex added: “In the future, 40% of all workers will be freelance, many of whom will be looking for flexible space which they can use in a way that suits them. We see Make as a huge asset for north Liverpool and the city in general and are keen to hear from anyone interested in join us or working with us.”


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Creative hub, Elevator Studios, based in Liverpool’s fast developing Baltic Triangle, has collaborated with one of its tenants, IT Answers, to offer what is believed to be the fastest internet connection available in the city, to fellow businesses in the area.

IT Answers is utilising ‘Dark Fibre’ that exists in the cabling that serves Liverpool’s traffic information network, and runs directly underneath Elevator, to bring superfast broadband into the creative hub that provides more than 90,000 square feet of space to Liverpool’s digital and creative community.  Using new microwave technology,   IT Answers and Elevator are offering to provide this mega fast service to other businesses and residential premises in the area, enabling them benefit from connection speeds up to one gigabite per second.

Tim Speed, Managing Director and Co-founder of Elevator said: “IT Answers is one of our tenants who are undoubtedly making waves in the IT sector in and around Liverpool. We began discussing the issues surrounding internet access, particularly in our area, which is made up of a high percentage of online creative businesses. For many of these businesses, bandwidths and fast broadband speeds are critical, and from a series of conservations we came up with the perfect solution.”

The microwave technology that IT Answers and Elevator provide can create links up to a 50km radius, with Camp and Furnace, the first to make the connection and benefit from a super-fast internet connection.

Tim added: “This service has only just been launched and Camp and Furnace have been quick to take us up on the offer. It’s great that we have been able to use the technical expertise of one of our tenants to launch this brilliant service that should have a real impact on the surrounding area.”

Andrew Hilton, Managing Director of IT Answers added: “From a technical perspective, media and online companies can struggle to access an internet connection that’s right for them. Main providers can only offer speeds of around 300 meg where we reach speeds of over three times that at a fraction of the cost.”

Customers able to benefit from  the link will find that past problems with slow download and upload times are gone and that this new service will enable users to upload all media formats in rapid time.”

The service is now available – for further information visit

Arena art auction in the Baltic Social

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Arena Studios will be holding their annual art auction at Elevator Studios in Liverpool’s Baltic area.

The event will take place from 7.30 onward on Thursday 21st July 2016 in the Baltic Social, set on the ground floor of the grade 2 listed warehouse and creative space on Parliament Street.

The auction will showcase pieces from artists based across the city with over 50 works going under the hammer on the night. Works of art range from watercolours to abstract pieces and sculptures. With attractive guide prices and low reserves, there are pieces available to suit a range of budgets and artistic tastes.

All funds raised on the night will be put back into Arena Studios, a registered charity, who occupy studios on the first floor of Elevator building.

Sarah Jane Richards of Arena commented: “This is a brilliant annual event that allows us and lots of our friends and colleagues to showcase our works with some amazing local talent on display. We’ve run the auction for several years and it continues to grow in terms of interest, contributors and momentum – we’ve had lots of enquiries and expect a packed house on the night!”

Arena Studios is dedicated to providing affordable studio spaces for artists, designers and illustrators. Art work for the auction will be displayed in Arena’s gallery on the first floor of the Elevator building during the week prior to the auction.

Alex Kelly, of Elevator commented: “We have some incredible talent in Elevator, be it artistic, creative or musical, with some brilliant pieces coming from the residents of Arena. We’re really pleased that as long standing tenants, they’ve chosen to continue to use the versatile space contained within Elevator for their next auction which I’m sure will be a huge success.”

Maurice, of Arena added: “Arena auction nights have always been exciting and the atmosphere electric, as the bids rise higher and higher. We’d like to invite anyone who’s interested in art to join us, for what I’m sure will be a brilliant night!”

Virtual reality lifts Elevator 

Tim 1Virtual reality innovation studio, vTime, has expanded its growing operation at Elevator Studios, taking additional office space at the Baltic-based creative hub.

Formerly known as Starship launching in 2013, the company initially secured 2500 sq. feet of studio space before eventually taking the entire floor. As growth came fast and thick for vTime, the team grew rapidly, and the following year they took an additional floor at Elevator. The recent expansion includes the new top floor space, secured under a long term lease to a total of 6,000 square foot.

Tim Speed, managing director and co-founder of Elevator commented: “Elevator naturally attracts business from within the creative sector due to its location, layout, general vibe and environment. vTime chose to launch their business from Elevator and have had huge success during the past three years. We’ve been able to support them through their expansion, offering varied and flexible space, that’s been aligned with their growth.”

Elevator is home to a number of games companies including Ripstone, Catalyst and Lucid and is recognised nationally as a regional hub for the sector. Tim continued: “We have some really incredible companies housed here from within the games sector, who are naturally gravitating towards Elevator. With 90,000 sq. feet and super-fast broadband, we are able to be incredibly flexible in the type of space we offer, working with small start-ups to large internationally recognised businesses such as vTime.”

Led by senior veterans from Evolution Studios and Sony Studio Liverpool, the multi-award winning firm is headed by Martin Kenwright – CEO, and Clemens Wangerin – MD. Clemens commented: “Elevator has been the perfect base from which to launch and develop our business. We were keen to be in the Baltic area and the Elevator building. In our view, Elevator was one of the centres that helped kick-start the regeneration of the area. It is a wonderful building that has retained its original features and integrity, giving us the room to expand, whilst offering us the perfect environment in which to be creative.”

The new office, boasts wonderful 360 degree views of Liverpool, and will now be used by the senior management team at vTime.

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Threshold Festival – Five years going strong!

Threshold saw its fifth year of the three day grass roots music and arts festival in the Baltic triangle. The focus of the festival is grassroots music, visual arts and performance. You won’t get the usual Liverpool bands; it’s something different and a good opportunity for creative people to collaborate on projects.

Some of the best bits we got to see:

Resident bar The Baltic social hosted one of our resident bands, the Mono L.Ps as their headline act on Friday night. We caught The Fire Beneath the Sea and the AMAZING Nubian Twist in the observatory on Friday night as well.

Back to the Observatory on Saturday for Mersey Wylie and the Soul Rays. In and out of unit 51 all evening for the Astral Coast stage, then on to 24 Kitchen Street for some hipster dancing.

Sunday was Art Day! We went to check out ‘The Where’s my horse’ exhibition, a collection of amazing work from Tim Devas, in resident art studio Ninety Squared. We then spent the afternoon in the Liverpool Craft beer space. Sunday evening we had a windy time watching the brilliant Seafoam Green in Constellations then warmed up back at the astral coast stage in Baltic Creatives unit 51 Cafe, where we watched the fabulous Black Mountain Lights.

Despite the windy wet weather we had a brilliant time, well worth the £20 for a three day ticket. BARGAIN… except for all the money we spent on beer!

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A stone’s throw from the heart of Liverpool city centre, the Baltic Triangle was once a degenerate area, lacking inspiration. The last few years however, have seen something of a renaissance, transforming it into an incredibly exciting hub for creativity, attracting musicians, photographers, artists and entrepreneurs alike. Perhaps the most…

Liverpool Sound City 2014

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Starting our blogging experience with some links to resident bands that played at Liverpool Sound City 2014. Long time coming this but here we go.

We know we always Bang on about them on facebook but our first link is to the fantastic Circa Waves.  

Next up is Cavalry, frequenters of our session room these lot are going to be big.

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This is the new Elevator Studios Blog. It will feature all the bands that we welcome into our rehearsal rooms and studio week on week. From regular and well know bands to up and coming acts and the next big thing.

For more information about hiring out our rehearsal room or booking recording time. Email

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