New UK film studio open for business

As demand for studio space in the UK grows, a new facility called Arborfield Studios is now open for business in the south-east with Netflix currently using the site. 

As demand for studio space in the UK grows, a new facility called Arborfield Studios is now open for business in the south-east with Netflix currently using the site.

New UK film studio open for business
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The complex is situated in Wokingham, Berkshire, around 40 miles from central London, and is run by the well-established Longcross Studios in Surrey.

The studio has been developed from a former army barracks that was built more than 100 years ago and comprises six stages, ranging from around 7,000 sq ft to nearly 70,000 sq ft.
It also houses space for an editorial/VFX suite, wardrobe, art, construction and props, and a backlot area. Disney was the first major tenant at the studio with its live-action version of Aladdin.

As one of the world’s leading production hubs, the UK is under pressure to provide more studio space, particularly for large-scale projects, as inward investment continues to dominate the UK screen sector. The BFI reported recently that international films and TV series contributed well over £1bn of an overall £1.5bn in UK production spending between January and September this year.

Many existing studios are undergoing expansion plans, such as Pinewood, Shepperton and Elstree, with new facilities in development around the UK, including the conversion of a former RAF base in Suffolk and a purpose-built facility planned for a 17-acre site in Dagenham, east London.

As well as the Paint Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s studio offering now includes the year-old Belfast Harbour Studios, currently home to the second series of Krypton, while Wales has the recently-opened Wolf Studios, owned by production company Bad Wolf.

Image: Hamidreza Ahmadi FreeImages.com.

New UK film studio open for business
Film reel

As demand for studio space in the UK grows, a new facility called Arborfield Studios is now open for business in the south-east with Netflix currently using the site.

The complex is situated in Wokingham, Berkshire, around 40 miles from central London, and is run by the well-established Longcross Studios in Surrey.

The studio has been developed from a former army barracks that was built more than 100 years ago and comprises six stages, ranging from around 7,000 sq ft to nearly 70,000 sq ft.
It also houses space for an editorial/VFX suite, wardrobe, art, construction and props, and a backlot area. Disney was the first major tenant at the studio with its live-action version of Aladdin.

As one of the world’s leading production hubs, the UK is under pressure to provide more studio space, particularly for large-scale projects, as inward investment continues to dominate the UK screen sector. The BFI reported recently that international films and TV series contributed well over £1bn of an overall £1.5bn in UK production spending between January and September this year.

Many existing studios are undergoing expansion plans, such as Pinewood, Shepperton and Elstree, with new facilities in development around the UK, including the conversion of a former RAF base in Suffolk and a purpose-built facility planned for a 17-acre site in Dagenham, east London.

As well as the Paint Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s studio offering now includes the year-old Belfast Harbour Studios, currently home to the second series of Krypton, while Wales has the recently-opened Wolf Studios, owned by production company Bad Wolf.

Image: Hamidreza Ahmadi FreeImages.com.

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