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Green light for Bedfordshire film studio complex

Central Bedfordshire Council has given the go-ahead for a new film studio complex at a former clay brick quarry near Stewartby.

According to architects Scott Brownrigg, the scheme will build on the UK’s reputation as a destination for world–class filmmaking, as Home of Production (HOP) will be the first facility designed by producers, for producers – incorporating state-of-the-art facilities. 

The new-build scheme will redevelop a 143-acre brownfield site to provide over 160,000m2 of flexible indoor and outdoor studio space and associated facilities, set within a tranquil waterside environment. 

While staying onsite in self-contained suites, crews will be able to enjoy a drink or bite to eat at one of the permanent bars, restaurants or cafes that will line the central piazza, exercise in the gym, or watch a film premier at the waterside hospitality suite.

A medical centre, childcare facilities and faith rooms will support wellbeing, and disabled access, throughout the masterplan, will encourage equality of opportunity.  

Overall, the project will involve the construction of 11 studio buildings and workshops.

Director at Scott Brownrigg, Jason Lebidineuse, said: “Linking education to industry, HOP film studios create a vibrant campus environment with a true sense of place in order to inspire the next generation and ensure succession for all facets of the industry.”

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