A stone’s throw from the River Mersey, Start-Yard is based in a former industrial garage building next door to the historic Birkenhead Priory and Cammell Laird shipyard.
Redeveloped for twenty-first century needs, inside phase one of Start-Yard are affordable self-contained work units along with open plan workspace desks. In addition to the offices, it also houses a bar area where drinks and light snacks can be ordered.
The first business to move in was Scenegraph Studios which provides Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D scanning and tours, and games development services.
The business is co-owned by Nicola Honey and Dr David Tully. birkenhead.news went along for a chat with them (and a taster of what was on offer at the bar!)
David explained the reason why they chose Start-Yard as a base for their business, “I think for me personally, it’s the idea of like getting in on the ground floor. It’s going to be the centre of digital and we want to be a part of that community.”
Nicola and David had seen the digital community that is based in the famed Baltic Triangle in Liverpool and hope that Start-Yard is the beginning of a similar Wirral based community of digital businesses.
David spelled out the plans for the business over the next couple of years, “We’d like to be scaling up the company bringing in all products relating to virtual reality.” Nicola and David would like to build a community of digital creatives at Start-Yard. “It will just be good to work with the digital sectors and work with the colleges and high schools.”
Nicola said, “A lot of the time we find when people leave uni, they do go and look for companies elsewhere. There are no big companies here [in Wirral] that people say ‘I want to work for them.’ We want to become one of those companies!”
Start-Yard owner Chris Lee said, “The interest in Start-Yard has been massively encouraging. Many enquiries are coming from the creative and media sectors who are actively looking for a scheme like this which provides clustered working for like-minded business people – we’re really looking forward to see the development of a collaborative culture evolve as more tenants come on board.”