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Dresd joins Bottle Yard production hub

Dresd joins Bottle Yard production hub
David Wood
22 July 2014

Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios has added another media business to its growing production hub in the shape of sustainable film/TV set-clearance company Drèsd.
The company provides the broadcast industry with a cost effective alternative to sending set waste to landfill, by clearing sets, then repurposing, recycling and reselling salvaged materials to production houses, event companies, interior designers and charities.

Drèsd, which has recycled sets from BBC1's The One Show and movie Les Miserables (pictured), also offers its own event production and office re-fit service using items it salvages, with recent work for the annual Observer Ethical Awards and Huckletree, a co-working space in London.
Dresd already has a head office at Pinewood Studios and a warehouse facility in Essex.

It is the eleventh tenant to set up a permanent base at the south west studios complex.
Drèsd founder Lynn McFarlane said:  "It's always been our intention to have regional bases located conveniently around the UK to service the demands of our customers.

“So to open a new centre at The Bottle Yard Studios in the South West so soon after moving into our new headquarters at Pinewood Studios is heartening for us as a business.

“It also speaks volumes about the growing demand amongst our domestic broadcast industry to deliver sustainable productions.
“Alongside Drèsd’s core work of clearing sets in a sustainable manner, at our new South West location in Bristol we'll be offering a re-purposing prop house, design and build workshops for interiors and events, up-cycled set building, in house creative workshops and training, as well as running apprenticeship schemes in conjunction with The Bottle Yard, local schools, colleges and Bristol City Council."
In 2012-3, Drèsd recovered and repurposed nearly 400 tonnes of film/TV set waste.
Sustainability in the film and television industry has been placed firmly on the agenda by industry leaders in recent years.

The 2009 Green Screen report estimated that the UK screen industry generates 125,000 tonnes of emissions per year; 40% caused by studio emissions, 28% by film/TV production activities, 17% by locations shoots and 15% post production emissions.

A new British Standard for sustainability in film, BS 8909, was announced in 2011, and in 2010 the BBC and BAFTA introduced a carbon calculator designed especially for the TV industry, which benchmarks the carbon emissions on TV productions.

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