Backstage Academy Project

About The Project

The Backstage Innovation Hub Project is a partnership between Backstage Academy and Wakefield Council that will see the creation of a specialist Knowledge and Innovation Hub focusing on research.

We are now inviting formal expressions of interest from principal contractors wishing to tender for the construction of the Backstage Academy Innovation Hub..

Following on from demolition of the existing, dilapidated Unit 3a by our demolition partner, the principal contractor will be responsible for delivery of the 2,520m2 research and development hub on Production Park in South Kirkby. Tenders are sought from experienced design & build contractors capable of delivering high-quality, BREEAM Excellent buildings, working with private and public stakeholders. Construction is scheduled to commence during quarter one of 2021.

Located in South Kirkby, Wakefield, the Innovation Hub will be situated at the heart of a cluster of live events industry specialists. The Innovation Hub and its specialist equipment will be used to deliver a support programme targeting SMEs across the live events industry, covering specialisms such as music, TV, film, sports, corporate events, theatre and arts. 

The project - which runs from 2019 until 2022, is part financed by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and the project team has secured £3,564,852 of grant funding from ERDF to support the delivery of this project. 

Aims and Results

The project will;

  • See the Design and build of a 2520m2 specialist knowledge and innovation centre located at the heart of an existing cluster of businesses that support the live events industry and its supply chain of businesses
  • Deliver a range of activities to SME’s in the live events industry and related supply chain industries such as digital integration and visualisation, immersive spaces, augmented and virtual reality in production; tools and standards for touring production; manufacturing processes; new materials applications and testing, cross market application in live events work flows,
  • Identify cross sector opportunities with SME’s in other sectors
  • Deliver Specific lecture/engagement events, offer access to specialist concept/design support, make available workshop space and Meeting space/event space, provide access to international trade/industry events and facilitate Student Projects that support the industry.

It is expected that over the life of the project, the following ERDF specific outputs will be achieved;

Indicator Definition Outputs
C1 Number of Enterprises Receiving Support 60
C4 Number of Enterprises Receiving Non-Financial Support 60
C5 Number of New Enterprises Supported 10
C8 Employment Increase in Supported Enterprises 10
C25 Number of Researchers Working in Improved Research Infrastructure Facilities 4
C28 Number of Enterprises Supported to Introduce New to the Market Products 10
C29 Number of Enterprises Supported to Introduce New to the Firm Products 20
P2 Public or Commercial Buildings Built or Renovated 2520m2

 

Contract Opportunities

We are now inviting formal expressions of interest from principal contractors wishing to tender for the construction of the Backstage Academy Innovation Hub.

The BackStage Academy Innovation Hub project will create a specialist knowledge and innovation centre that will focus on research and development (R&D) for the live events industry and its supply chain. Located in South Kirkby, Wakefield, the Innovation Hub will be situated at the heart of a cluster of live events industry specialists. The Innovation Hub and its specialist equipment will be used to deliver a support programme targeting SMEs across the live events industry, covering specialisms such as music, TV, film, sports, corporate events, theatre and arts.

Following on from demolition of the existing, dilapidated Unit 3a by our demolition partner, the principal contractor will be responsible for delivery of the 2,520m2 research and development hub on Production Park in South Kirkby. Tenders are sought from experienced design & build contractors capable of delivering high-quality, BREEAM Excellent buildings, working with private and public stakeholders. Construction is scheduled to commence during quarter one of 2021.

To register your expression of interest, please contact: backstageinnovationhub@wakefield.gov.uk
 

Backstage Innovation Hub Project Team

Clare Hunt
Project Manager – Backstage Innovation Hub
chunt@wakefield.gov.uk