Liverpool’s media, music and performance arts institution, LMA, is investing £15m in a new start-of-the-art campus in the Metquarter.

Opening in September, it will offer degree and BTEC qualifications in subjects including acting, film and TV production, games art, and animation.

LMA, which is currently split across two campuses in the city, will take up 50,000sq ft of space at the building on Whitechapel, with film studios, dance studios, music rehearsal rooms, classrooms and recording studios.

Singer Robbie Williams, became a co-owner of the business in 2019, after watching its choir on The X Factor:

“Since meeting the LMA Choir two years ago and later joining the  LMA family, I’ve been constantly inspired by their sheer drive, dedication and passion.

“Liverpool is known for being home to some amazing talent and LMA is testament to that. I’m so proud to be part of its incredible journey, especially as the staff and students take their next steps in expanding across the city.”

The new campus is part of LMA’s wider expansion plans, including its first site outside of the city, in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“We’ve been working for some time to find the perfect location in the city centre that would house our world class facilities for students and staff, and Metquarter is absolutely ideal for us,” explained Richard Wallace, who created LMA with brother Simon in 2008

“Not only is it right in the heart of the city centre, but the building itself gives us a lot of freedom to create an extremely unique learning space where our students can study and hone their craft. There is a lot of potential for what we can do at the site to help inspire students and give them unique opportunities to explore their passion and creativity, whether that’s on stage or screen, behind the camera, in the recording studio or creating the next big gaming sensation.

“It also gives us the capacity to welcome even more talented students from across the city – and beyond – to the LMA family, so it’s an extremely exciting time as we look forward to our next chapter.”