Screen Yorkshire has secured the rights to develop a major new studio space which it hopes will deliver a significant boost to the region’s film and TV infrastructure. In a drive to put Yorkshire on an equal footing with other key UK production centres, the content financier plans to repurpose almost 100,000 sq ft of aircraft hangar space for film and TV use.
In an exclusive deal with property investors Makin Enterprises, owners of the former RAF site in Church Fenton, Screen Yorkshire is now able to offer the much-needed infrastructure and finance for a far wider range of productions. Alongside current work with partners to establish a new workforce development programme, the addition of ‘The Yorkshire Studios’ to the region’s facilities means that the region is better equipped to meet the needs of a new wave of film and TV making.
Easily accessible from Leeds, York and two hours by rail from London, the flexible site is capable of meeting a broad range of production needs, comprising three aircraft hangars, office space, garages, workshops, extensive parking, roadways and runways.
Video footage of The Yorkshire Studios (© ITV News)
Yorkshire’s reputation as a base for large scale film & TV projects has gathered significant momentum following the launch of the Yorkshire Content Fund in 2012. More than £21million has been injected into the region’s economy, primarily through location-based dramas backed by the Fund, including Peaky Blinders, Dad’s Army and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, earning the region the moniker ‘Hollywood of England’.
Screen Yorkshire aims to generate further investment for Yorkshire’s economy and workforce via The Yorkshire Studios, which it hopes will act as a linchpin for larger scale and returning productions, laying the foundations for the long term security of the film and TV industry in the region.
Sally Joynson, Chief Executive at Screen Yorkshire commented: ‘’The opening of ‘The Yorkshire Studios’ is a significant landmark for the UK film & TV industry. The Yorkshire Content Fund has enabled us to secure some incredible projects that have made great use of our existing portfolio of studio space.
The lack of a larger-scale production facility however, has prevented a number of major long-term film and TV productions from basing themselves here. These productions hold huge potential for sustaining the industry’s infrastructure and workforce, so it became clear that securing such a site should be a priority.’’
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission and Film London, said: “The UK represents a tremendous draw for overseas productions thanks to its generous Creative Sector Tax Reliefs, and our world-class crews, locations, talent and facilities. Success of course means increased demand, so the significant new studio space at Church Fenton is incredibly welcome news, and I congratulate Screen Yorkshire in their work in helping make it happen. It represents a real boost the UK’s existing production infrastructure and will also be an added incentive for domestic and international productions to shoot in the area, and enable them to access the Yorkshire Content Fund.”
The Yorkshire Studios – key facts:
– Available immediately
– Located in a quiet setting between York and Leeds
– Three hangar spaces available: two at 34,500 sq feet x 35 ft height; one at
27,000 sq ft x 28ft height to eaves, 33ft to apex
– Situated within 440 acres with clear vistas
– Excellent transport links – 10 mins from A1, within 30 mins drive of York
and Leeds, less than two hours by train from London. Church Fenton to Leeds
or York by train – 20 mins
– Additional onsite space includes offices, garages, workshops, parking
– Energy available throughout site
– Roadways and runways in excellent condition
– On the ground support from Screen Yorkshire’s Head of Production Richard
– Closely aligned with the Yorkshire Content Fund which can invest in excess
of £1million in feature film or TV projects
‘The Yorkshire Studios’ are now available for film and TV production companies. All studio enquiries, please contact: Richard Knight, Head of Production, Screen Yorkshire:
e: firstname.lastname@example.org // t: 07887 952 179