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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 http://www.itanswers.com


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.