Stage Fifty has now brought its new film studio site at Farnborough International in Hampshire, home to the Farnborough air show, into operation.

Hartswood Films is already filming on the stages on The Devil’s Hour for Amazon Studios and Inside Man for BBC and Netflix.

Farnborough Film Studios has two sound stages totalling 44,000 sq ft of production space. It also offers 20,000 sq ft of workshops, 10,000 sq ft of office space, and 50,000 sq ft unit base and parking.

Stage Fifty CEO, James Enright, said: “We’re collaborating with the team at Farnborough International to bring much needed high-quality studio space to the UK.

“We’re delighted that acclaimed independent TV production company Hartswood Films are the first to use our new facility.

“Stage Fifty is pioneering how film studios are developed, supporting the expanding global content market. Farnborough Film Studios is the first phase of our plan, and we’ll be making announcements about other studio locations soon.”

Director of Operations at Hartswood Films, Debbie Vertue, said: “We’re honoured to be the first productions working in the two brand new stages built by Stage Fifty in Farnborough. We’re now in production on two new dramas – The Devil’s Hour for Amazon Studios and Inside Man for BBC and Netflix.”

Situated south-west of London, just off the M3, the new studio is 35 minutes by train from London Waterloo, 30 minutes from Heathrow, and Farnborough Airport, one of Europe’s leading private airports, is next door.

Working with manufacturing partner SPANTECH, Stage Fifty has developed a design that “offers the durability of a permanent stage with the flexibility of a movable structure that can be built anywhere in just four months and can be moved and used again and again. Benefits of the reusable modular system include sustainability, speed of construction and total flexibility of location.”

Stage Fifty is developing several UK film studio sites that will create around 300,000 sq ft of high-quality space within the next 18 months.

 

Jon Creamer