Backstage Academy Project

About The Project

The Backstage Innovation Hub Project is a partnership between Backstage Academy and Wakefield Council that will see the creation of a specialist Knowledge and Innovation Hub focusing on research and development (R&D) for the live events industry and its supply chain.

Located in South Kirkby, Wakefield, the Innovation Hub will be situated at the heart of a cluster of live events industry specialists. The Innovation Hub and its specialist equipment will be used to deliver a support programme targeting SMEs across the live events industry, covering specialisms such as music, TV, film, sports, corporate events, theatre and arts. 

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


Contract Opportunities

Opportunities to bid for contracts to support the development of this project will be made available here as the project progresses, along with information on how to apply. 

Please note, whilst Wakefield Council is facilitating the procurement process, Wakefield Council are NOT the contracting authority for this project. 

Any and all requests for information on any live contracts may be directed to the project team. 

Final decisions on contract awards will be made by the Backstage Academy Team, and contracts will be between Backstage Academy and the successful party. 

Current Opportunities

Demolition Contractor

Backstage Academy (Training) Ltd are now looking to appoint a Demolition Contractor as part of the Backstage Innovation Hub project.

Interested parties should email the project team at to express their interest and request tender documents before 19/06/2020. All parties are asked to provide the name of their organisation, registered address, contact details, a named contact and the contract you are interested in.  

If you have any queries on this contract, please direct them to the project team at before midnight on 10/06/2020. 

The deadline for submitting tenders for this contract is 23:59 on 19/06/2020. Any tender submissions for this contract received after this date will not be considered. 

Backstage Innovation Hub Project Team

Javed Khan
Project Manager – Backstage Innovation Hub