Hudson Pacific and Blackstone receive approval to develop studio facility in UK

WCN Editorial Team 20 Jul 2022 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Hudson Pacific Properties and Blackstone have secured approval at planning committee to develop Sunset Waltham Cross Studios, a studio facility for feature films, television and digital production in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, UK.

Preliminary work at the site is expected to commence in H2 2022, with construction to begin next year.

The delivery of this project is slated by the end of 2025.

This project is anticipated to create more than 4,800 jobs in Broxbourne and the surrounding area whilst contributing over £300m per to the local economy.

Hudson Pacific and the funds managed by Blackstone will transform a 91-acre site into a 1.2 million ft2 studio campus.

Once developed, this campus will become one of the largest film and television production locations in the UK.

The project will feature 21 sound stages totalling 470,000ft2, 420,000ft2 of workshop and mill space, and 250,000ft2 of stage-adjacent production office and support space as well as basecamp and backlot spaces.

Blackstone Real Estate Europe head James Seppala said: “We would like to thank Broxbourne Council for its valued input and we are excited that our expanded partnership with Hudson Pacific will deliver a world-class studio facility to be used by homegrown and international talent.

“Sunset Waltham Cross Studios will be a world-renowned hub for content creation and creativity that will help assert the UK’s role as a premier destination for creating entertainment and is yet another demonstration of our commitment to investing in the UK.”

Expected to become one of the ‘greenest’ studios in the UK, Sunset Waltham Cross Studios will target LEED Gold certification and a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Its stages with up to 50-foot clear heights with different sizes will be able to accommodate almost any kind of production.

Sunset Waltham Cross is situated just 17 miles north of central London, close to both the M25 and A10 highways, and close to Overground and National Rail stations.

This project is Blackstone and Hudson Pacific’s first expansion outside of the US for its jointly owned Sunset Studios, which now features five facilities and more than 60 stages.

Hudson Pacific chairman, CEO Victor Coleman said: “We are thrilled that in less than one year since we announced this exciting expansion of our relationship with Blackstone, we are ready to begin site work with the ability to start construction next year.

“With demand for state-of-the-art studio space rising globally, this 21-stage project will bring much needed supply to one of the fastest growing media markets in the world, leveraging our development and operational expertise along the way. Importantly, the project will result in the creation of more than 4,800 jobs in the local community and we are taking a highly sustainable approach which is central to Hudson Pacific’s and Blackstone’s core values.”
Image: Sunset Waltham Cross Studios is located just north of central London. Credit: Leonard Design Architects/Hudson Pacific Properties/Business Wire.

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