Quartermaster Entertainment and Verb’s 1.75m sq ft film studio scheme has been approved by Central Bedfordshire Council.
Home of Production (HOP) will be the first studio campus of its kind to be designed by producers for producers.
The 143-acre site brownfield site in will be developed into indoor and outdoor studio space in a scheme designed by Scott Brownrigg.
There will be bars, restaurants and cafes lining a central piazza, along with a gym and waterside hospitality suite. A medical centre, childcare facilities and faith rooms are also provided.
Scott Brownrigg director Jason Lebidineuse said: “Linking education to industry, HOP 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 – providing much needed investment into the independent film and TV industry and helping to meet the growing demand for studio space in the UK.”
The campus, described by Scott Brownrigg as setting a new benchmark for sustainable studio facilities, will have ecological corridors, new wetland and floating reed beds across the site, and around 70 hectares of replacement habitat and woodland nearby.
There will be a central canal and activities and social spaces will be provided on its banks.
The buildings will follow a ‘fabric first’ approach to ensure they are low in operational and embodied carbon and the scheme is designed to maximise onsite renewables.
The team on the masterplan has been supported by Sweco, McFarlane + Associates, Lichfields, RSK Wilding (Environmental) and DLP.
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