A massive new film and television studio is set to open in Brent Cross early next year, the area’s regeneration company has revealed.
The 150,000 m² “Brent Cross Studios” will be launched by Troubadour Theaters, a firm specializing in the development of ephemeral performance spaces. It will contain a single 27,000 square foot film studio.
Troubadour will open the studio in the former Toys ‘R’ Us building on Tilling Road, NW2, and has been granted a three-year lease. The old stores will be transformed into decoration and costume workshops and accessories rooms.
In addition to the filming space, the site will have offices and workshops. The aim is to bring “an ecosystem of local and international film and media houses” and their creators to the region, as well as complementary entertainment companies.
Helena MacKenzie of Film London said: “No signs of slowing production in London, its launch is timely and we welcome the investment in this very accessible part of London.”
There will also be a film academy for young aspiring creatives.
The opening is part of Brent Cross Town’s £ 6 billion regeneration project – one of the most ambitious launched since the start of the pandemic.
The 15-year program will span 180 acres and include 6,700 homes, three million square feet of office space and 50 acres of parkland. A new Brent Cross West station is planned by the end of 2022.
Oliver Royds and Tristan Baker of Troubador said: “We strongly believe that this studio will quickly become an integral part of the community in the heart of a rapidly regenerating area.”
The Brent Cross Town project is carried out by Argent Related and Barnet Council.
Nick Searl of Silver Related said the opening is “a fantastic addition to development” and “will attract world-class television productions and movie houses.”