Leading film industry space provider Location Collective is set to open its doors on London’s largest film studios later this summer.
Located only 750 meters away from the company’s first film studio venture, OMA Film Studios, the new 224,000 sq ft OMA:X Film Studios in Enfield, North London, will provide critical space for the industry in a post-COVID filming boom.
Total spend on UK film, and high-end TV production reached £3.62bn in 2019, a 16% increase on the previous year, primarily driven by investment from major studios and content providers including Disney, Netflix, Warner Bros, Apple and NBCUniversal.
One of the key challenges resulting from an increase in production within the UK has been the need for space, with studio facilities, in particular, being in very short supply. Chris Berry, a director at Lambert Smith Hampton, states: “There is nowhere near enough space. “We estimate there is an immediate need for 2 million sq ft more of studio space. That’s approximately four more Pinewoods.”
Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, Location Collective saw an opportunity to answer the need for more space, offering an alternative and more efficient way of creating the studio space the industry requires.
To fulfil the need for more filming location space, Location Collective secured a lease on an existing industrial depot site in the London borough of Enfield to deliver their OMA Film Studios in August of last year.
Now, just nine months later, Location Collective is gearing up to open their second facility, OMA:X Film Studios- which is 50% larger than their previous facility.
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.
“We have worked closely with London Collective to make this vision a reality and we are delighted that London’s largest film studio is opening in our borough.”
Ms Caliskan adds: “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.”
OMA:X Film Studios is a 10-acre warehouse site leased from global industrial property group Goodman and is currently being converted into a high-specification film studio that will open in late summer 2021.
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 [the] 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.”
Featured Image: (Left – Right) James Hanford, Head of Acquisitions, Location Collective, Antony Iredale, Managing Director, and Becky Butler, Head of Operations