XPLOR - The research & innovation centre for entertainment, technology and production

About The Project

Located on campus at Production Park, the £7m+ XPLOR research and innovation centre and its state-of-the-art facilities and equipment will be used to deliver a support programme for SMEs across the Leeds City Region and beyond covering specialisms such as music, TV, film, sports, corporate events, theatre and arts. 

By drawing on the expertise of both industry and academia, working together in one location, XPLOR will drive research excellence and support industrial growth in the entertainment technology and production sectors with capabilities including concept & product design, software control, automation, prototyping, testing and digital content design.

​The XPLOR project has secured grant funding from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) 

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


Backstage Innovation Hub Project Team

Clare Hunt
Project Manager – Backstage Innovation Hub



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