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Expanding The Epicentre Of West Of England Production

Since 2010, The Bottle Yard Studios in Hengrove, South Bristol has been attracting a steady flow of major TV and film productions to film in its vast spaces. Owned by Bristol City Council, the Studios site spans seven acres, more than five football pitches, making it the largest dedicated film and TV studio facility in the West of England, with eight stages, giant green screen, workshops, production offices and a business hub of over 25 companies servicing the region’s production industry.

On set at The Bottle Yard Studios: Sanditon -Photo by ITV/Red Planet Pictures

As online platforms like Netflix and Amazon join the major broadcasters in ramping up their content demands, the need for additional stage space and skills is growing exponentially. Appetite for screen content is stronger than ever, especially since the pandemic restricted other forms of entertainment causing a massive surge in the uptake of streaming services. With new studios being built throughout the UK, Bristol is definitely not missing out on this opportunity for growth.

The Bottle Yard Studios’ expansion, fuelled by £12 million investment from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), is converting the industrial property at nearby Hawkfield Business Park into three additional stages measuring 20,000 sq ft, 15,000 sq ft and 6,800 sq ft, complete with ancillary spaces including production offices, prop stores, break out spaces, costume and makeup areas.

Expansion of this neighbouring site, less than half a mile from the main Studios, adds around 82,000 sq ft of floor space to the facility’s offering, increasing its total number of stages from eight to 11. This significant step up in capacity will attract more exciting productions to the region, which can also access the professional film-friendly support delivered by Bristol Film Office.

On set at The Bottle Yard Studios: The Trial of Christine Keeler - Photo by BBC/Ecosse Films/Great Meadow Productions

Expansion also brings a host of benefits for the fast-growing production sector in Bristol, Bath and the wider region. More than £17 million per year is already generated for Bristol’s economy by TV and film productions filmed at the Studios or on location in Bristol, with the help of the city’s Film Office. Increased space means increased economic contribution, more jobs for Bristol crew and companies and fresh opportunities for the next generation of crew and creative talent, who are presently witnessing this boom take place around them. Large shoots also bring massive benefits to other businesses like hotels, catering and transport companies, whilst seeing Bristol on screen is proven to increase tourism to the city.

The Studios continues to collaborate with education partners including UWE Bristol, University of Bristol and City of Bristol College, as well as national bodies including British Film Commission and ScreenSkills. A Skills Agenda is in development to grow a sustainable, homegrown talent base that can meet increased demand, ensuring that local talent is at the heart of the workforce as this exciting industry continues to flourish.

On set at The Bottle Yard Studios: The Spanish Princess - Photo by STARZ/New Pictures

Made at The Bottle Yard Studios

The Pursuit of Love (BBC/Amazon), The Spanish Princess (Starz), The Salisbury Poisonings (BBC One), The Trial of Christine Keeler (BBC One), The Pale Horse (BBC/Amazon), Sanditon (ITV), Poldark (BBC One), Hellboy (Lionsgate), Fortitude (Sky Atlantic), The Crystal Maze (Channel 4), Tipping Point & Tipping Point Lucky Stars (ITV), The ‘Andy’s Adventures’ series (CBeebies), Three Girls (BBC One), The White Princess (Starz), Broadchurch (ITV), Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (BBC One), Wolf Hall (BBC Two), The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (ITV).

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