New studios company, Stage Fifty, has launched what it calls the “solution to the studio space race,” production-ready sound stages that can be built anywhere in just four months.

To address the shortage of studios available for film and TV production, Stage Fifty is developing three UK film studio sites that will create over 300,000 sq ft of production-ready stage space.

Stage Fifty CEO, James Enright, said: “Stage Fifty can turn a backlot, an airfield or any piece of suitable land into a sound stage, giving studios and producers the flexibility to film wherever and whenever it’s convenient for them. And our on-site build time is just four months.

“Together with the team at SPANTECH, we’ve designed a game-changing solution with the durability of a permanent stage that can be moved and used again and again.

“Engineered to the highest professional specification, the stages are soundproofed, rigged, ventilated, and production-ready. These next-generation stages offer practical and financial flexibility, making them attractive to major studios, streaming services, and landowners who see an opportunity to convert unused spaces into a revenue stream rapidly.

Two large sound stages have already been prototyped, tested and built in the UK as proof of concept. Totalling 30,000 sq ft, the stages are currently home to an “exciting new global series in production for a major streaming service.”

“With three new UK studio sites in the pipeline, and a plan to deliver over 300,000 sq ft in the next 12 months, we’re well on the way to achieving our ambition of creating one million sq ft of high-quality and relocatable production space in three years,” said Enright.

Stage Fifty is collaborating with semi-permanent structure experts, SPANTECH, utilising its professionally engineered Grand I-novation aluminium system as the base for the sound stages. SPANTECH’s modular design offers durability, adaptability, plus environmental benefits, and as no foundations are required, it gives greater flexibility.

Standard sizes ranging from 9,400 to 32,000 sq ft and a floor to grid height of 10 to 15 metres,

The Stage Fifty name reflects the mission to create at least one million sq ft of high-quality and reusable production space, or 50 sound stages, in the next three years.

Jon Creamer