Locations and studios outfit, Location Collective, is to open the doors to the 224,000 sqft Enfield-based OMA:X Film Studios this summer.

The new facility is located just 750m away from the company’s first film studio venture OMA Film Studios.

OMA Film Studios was completed in August 2020 and has secured a long-term tenancy from “one of the major industry players.”

The Location Collective is now open their second facility; one which is 50% larger than OMA Film Studios and will itself become the “largest film studios inside London.”

OMA:X Film Studios, a 10 acre warehouse site leased from global industrial property group Goodman, is currently being converted into a high-specification film studio by Location Collective and will open in late summer 2021.

Samantha Perahia MBE, Head of Production UK at the British Film Commission, commented: “This addition to the UK’s filming infrastructure is very welcome. As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic crisis and the successes of the vaccine roll out to date add to the confidence provided by our stringent Covid-19 safety guidance, we are seeing more demand for filming in the UK than ever before. The British Film Commission is focused on the key role our sector can play in supporting the UK’s recovery, through billions of pounds of investment into the economy and associated employment and skills development opportunities across the UK’s nations and regions.”

Antony Iredale, Managing Director of Location Collective, said: “We are extremely excited about the role OMA:X Film Studios has the potential to play in bringing the biggest, highest profile productions to London and the UK. The message we’re receiving from studio executives we’ve spoken to over the last couple of months has been the same: ‘London is where we want to make this project, we just need to find enough space to do it’.

“The site has perfect ‘bone structure’ for film studio use. The building’s 46 ft working height clearance and vast pillarless spans have provided us with a rare opportunity to create sound stages of significant size and scale.

“It’s a site I’ve driven past for many years and thought about how fantastic it would be to make it available for film studio use. Now, we are very fortunate to be in the position of making it a reality.

“As with OMA Film Studios, Enfield council has been hugely supportive of our plans, demonstrating once again the borough’s commitment to placing Enfield on the map as a film production hub.”

Cllr Nesil Caliskan, Leader of Enfield Council, said: “Location Collective’s decision to expand in Enfield with the opening of OMA:X is hugely exciting and beneficial for the borough, and will attract a continuous flow of high calibre film and television productions for many years to come.

“The creative industries make a large contribution to London’s economy and OMA:X together with OMA Film Studios will complement the growing film and entertainment industry at Meridian Water and support Enfield Council’s plans to support good quality, long-term jobs for local people, as well as further enhancing cultural aspects across our community.”

George Glennie, Development Director, Goodman UK, said: “We’re delighted that Goodman London Enfield provides Location Collective with a high quality space that is modern, flexible, and well-positioned for the M25 and just 14 miles from Central London.”

Jon Creamer

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