Grade II listed warehouses which were once used to store cargo such as cotton, spices and coffee, have been brought back to life and turned into fantastic spaces full of music, art, business and ideas. From 200 sq. feet to 3000 sq. feet these extraordinary working environments have become a magnet for commercial companies, arts collectives and musicians who want to rent happily priced, flexible working space and rehearsal rooms in Liverpool City Centre. Elevator has retained many of the original, industrial features, so both communal areas and workspaces pay respect to their former lives with wooden beams, pulleys, chains and exposed brickwork.
The social hub of Elevator Studios is centred around the Elevator Bar which makes for a fantastic meeting and networking space. Discounted for Elevator residents but also open to the public, it’s surely one of the best work canteens in town.
As well as Parliament Streets rehearsal space, Elevator also offers practice rooms on Dale Street. Many musicians and producers will also be familiar with Elevator’s state-of-the-art Recording Studio at Cheapside in Liverpool’s city centre – another warehouse conversion, which provides a unique and inspiring environment for audio production.
Despite the sad news about the CUC (Contemporary Urban Centre) closing its doors which had become a well-respected neighbour of Elevator’s (Parliament Street); the area itself is fast emerging as a thriving and vibrant part of town in its own right with Elevator Studios, The Picket, the skateboard park, The Lantern Theatre and new events venue Camp & Furnace bringing people to the area.
February 2011 saw the CUC and Under the Influence collaborate to bring Threshold festival to the area; introducing Liverpool to a large variety of grass roots music, theatre and visual/live art under one roof. Even though the CUC has closed its doors, Threshold Festival brought the weekend event to the city once again in February. ‘No longer under one roof but several; support from the area, its venues and the engagement with local arts, music and performance promoters allowed this year’s Threshold to be bigger and better.’ A very successful weekend which attracted many to the area; the Elevator Bar offered their support by hosting one of the festivals stages.
Only a 10 minute walk from the city centre, the Baltic Triangle is fast evolving into an area full of budding businesses, creativity, music, ideas and innovation. Giving the area the full support it deserves, Elevator Studios is pleased to be amongst the excitement and continuous growth of a part of town that deserves to be talked about.