Major new film studio to open in London
As production in the UK begins to rumble back into life, a major new film studio – London’s largest - is opening its doors to feature film and high-end TV drama.
OMA Film Studios in Enfield comprises four sound stages totalling around 90,000 sq ft, with an overall site space of 139,000 sq ft. It is estimated that the facility will increase by 53% the amount of rentable studio space inside London.
Behind the project is film locations agency Location Collective, which secured a lease on an existing industrial depot and spend the ensuing months converting it into the large-scale, purpose-designed filming facility, with the backing of Enfield Council.
OMA Film Studios will be open for business this summer. Antony Iredale, managing director of Location Collective, said: “OMA is a planning approved, permanent, film studio providing purpose-designed stage space specifically created for the production of film and TV.
“As with all existing film studios, the specification of OMA will evolve over time, but by July 2020 it will be fully equipped for the production of high calibre content for the next decade and beyond.”
Adrian Wootton, CEO of the British Film Commission, commented: "This addition to the UK’s filming infrastructure is hugely welcome. The British Film Commission is focused on the key role our sector can play in supporting the UK’s recovery.
“With the release this week of our Government and industry backed guidance to support the safe restart of film and high-end TV production, and with pre-existing sector strengths like generous tax credits and a world-class workforce, we anticipate more demand than ever for UK stage space in the coming months."
Image: Location Collective. L-R: James Hanford, head of acquisitions, Location Collective; Antony Iredale, managing director, Location Collective; Becky Butler, head of operations, Location Collective.