New Film and TV studios under construction in the UK

Here is The Studio Map’s list of UK studios – and expanded facilities – due to open in 2021 and beyond. The list and links are all under review as planning & construction progresses. We welcome any updates and revisions.

Additionally, new stage expansion is planned at these studios: The Bottle Yard StudiosPinewood Studios • Shepperton StudiosElstree Studios Space Studios, Manchester  • Rebellion Film Studios  Also: Seren Stiwdios, Wales

Proposed new facilities:

Hoddesdon  •  Temporary studio conversion in Hertfordshire  •  More Info

Sunset Studios  •  At planning stage – a 91-acre site in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire  •  More Info

‘Marlow film studio’ •  Film campus at the planning stage; developers include Dido Property • More Info

OMA:X • Opening in stages, Sept-Oct 2021, in north London, OMA:X will cover 10 acres • More Info

• Creative Content Hub • A flagship project for Create Central in Digbeth, BirminghamMore Info

STUDIO 005Opening in Spring 2022, Production Park’s new studio in Yorkshire • More Info

Hertswood Studios • “the UK’s largest-ever film studio featuring one million square feet of studio space”

Brighton Film Studios  •  A 11,000 sq ft studio opening Sept 2021. • More Info

The Northern Studio, Hartlepool  •  3,000 sqm film studios  •  The Northern School of Art • More Info

Pentland Studio, Scotland  • 106-acre site, six sound stages  •  PSL Land • More Info

Shinfield Studios  •  University of Reading, 45,000 sq ft studio complex • More Info

Ashford International Film Studios, Kent  •  80,000 square feet of film studios • More Info

• Dagenham Eastbrook (BeFirst), East London  • 12 sound stages totalling c.140,000 sqft •  More Info

• The Wharf, Barking  • Six new stages near Dagenham Eastbrook Studios, see above.

• Sky Studios Elstree Hertfordshire  • Film and TV studio • More Info

• FirstStage Studios, Scotland  •  Five soundproofed studios • More Info

• London Films Studios (SHL), Enfield  •  Film studio • More Info

• Versa Leeds Studios  •  TV and film production complex near Leeds city centre • More Info

• Versa London Studios  •  30,000 sq ft broadcast TV facility located in West London • More Info

• Raynham Hanger Studios, Norfolk  •  Expansion plans are ongoing • More Info

Purfleet, Essex  •  20-acre site, TV studios  •  Quartermaster • More Info

Purfleet, Essex  •  28-acre site, film and TV studios  •  Quartermaster • More Info

Birmingham City University  •  West Midlands  •  Four TV studios  •  Quartermaster • More Info

Stratford, London  •  TV studios, five studios plus two green screen studios  •  Quartermaster • More Info

• Mercian Studios, Birmingham  •  Film & TV studios, six stages • More Info

• The Depot, Liverpool  •  2 x 20,000 sq ft units, operational by Summer 2021 • More Info

• Littlewoods Studios, Liverpool  •  Film & TV studios under the Twickenham Studios brand • More Info


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David Emson
David Emson
5 months ago
Reply to  tonyfranks

It has been widely reported in Birmingham and the West Midlands that Create Central will build a studio complex in Digbeth near to Birmingham city centre.

David Emson
David Emson
5 months ago
Reply to  tonyfranks

Thanks, Tony,
Steven Knight’s Mercian Studios are a different project to the Create Central studios I mentioned.
Mercian Studios were originally planned to be built on the outskirts of the city near Birmingham Airport. That plan still remains, hopefully at some point In the future. Steven Knight has since announced that the first phase of Mercian Studios is now planned to be built in Digbeth which is near to the city centre.
Create Central are a group of broadcasting professionals based in and around Birmingham with some support from the West Midlands Combined Authority, although they are an independent organisation. They announced two or three months ago that they will be renovating a number of old industrial buildings, also in Digbeth, to provide state of the art studios very much within the centre of Birmingham.
Both of these projects are entirely separate from each other.
Apparently the BBC, amongst others, are interested in using Create Central’s facilities. Steven Knight might be justifiably optimistic about getting Hollywood interested in his studios as he is reported to be in negotiations with backers from the US. An announcement is expected soon.

Regards, David [Comment has been edited for length]

Dave Hunter
Dave Hunter
2 months ago

Hi Tony,
Where are we going to get the technical expertise from.
There’s a shortage of staff for all departments and grades on the current level of film Production now.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x