Printworks set for £9 million refurbishment – 20 years since the scheme first launched


Plans have been revealed for a £9 million refurbishment of Manchester’s Printworks – the first major investment in Printworks since it launched 20 years ago.

They include the installation of a new a 1,300m2 full span digital ceiling screen, making the complex home to the largest screen in Europe.

This will be fully interactive to encourage social competition and engagement from visitors.

Bosses also want to enhance the external façade, update digital tenant signage and improve gateway entrances as part of the £9 million overhaul.

Investors are looking to move away from a predominantly late-night offering to accommodate more day-led establishments.

Recent family and activity-led successes have included Treetop Adventure Golf and Escape Reality with tenpin bowling coming early next year – with more to come.

“This refurbishment at Printworks will create an unrivalled interactive and immersive experience as a crucial element of our strategy, and operational changes will expand on existing community links alongside a new ambitious events and gaming programme,” said Ben Haller of DTZ Investors.

“Printworks will offer our domestic and international customers with the quality and authenticity they expect from social interaction whether with family or friends.”

Work on the refurb is scheduled to start in Spring 2020, with minimal disruption to the Printworks day-to-day running.


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