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.”