Edge Hill’s flagship £17m Creative Edge building has been officially opened by author, broadcaster and alumnus Stuart Maconie.
VIP guests joined staff and students at the official launch of the state-of-the-art building which recently won a major European award for its innovative technology.
Visitors were able to see examples of students’ work, the TV and recording studios and listen to live appearances from The Inkhearts and Hooton Tennis Club, two bands signed to the University’s own record label.
Opened in September 2013, the state-of-the-art building which won a major European award recently for its innovative technology, provides high-spec suites of industry-standard facilities for Media, Film, Animation, Advertising and Computing students and is on a par with those used by the BBC at MediaCityUK.
Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater said: “We’re investing heavily in providing top quality learning and teaching facilities on campus and the opening of Creative Edge is one of the most exciting developments to date. It ensures that the University’s Media and Computing students have access to industry-standard facilities and are enjoying exciting professional opportunities.
“To celebrate the facility in style, it was fitting that we invited Stuart Maconie to officially open the building because not only is he one of our star alumni but he is an example of what Creative Edge is all about – success. He is a well-known face in the media sector and has really worked hard to promote the North West.”
Housed on the landscaped Eastern Campus, Creative Edge has TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities for news, drama, documentary and experimental work. There are also recording studios, sound-editing suites, radio, animation and photographic studios as well as computer, networking and forensics laboratories.
The building also accommodates several of the University’s employment partners, including Bay TV, who were awarded the licence to run Liverpool’s new local television station last year.