Plans in for another major Home Counties film studio complex

Designed by architect Scott Brownrigg, the new film and television studio campus will be built near Stewartby at a 143-acre site and former clay brick quarry.

The HOP Studios development is a joint venture with Verb – a subsidiary of investment firm Cathexis, which owns contractor ISG, – and film studio operator Quartermaster.

The project will involve 11 major studio buildings built between two large lakes created by clay extraction bowls.

A community facility will be built on a 70m platform built on piled stilts 4m above one lake

Head of Masterplanning at Scott Brownrigg, Bruce Calton said of the project: “This complex brief, across an intriguing site, combines landscape, water and a highly-functional film and television campus masterplan.

“It has been a rewarding experience creating such a unique setting for the Home of Production (HOP) within the UK.”

A transport hub will connect the site to the local bus network with an arrival point for cyclists, pedestrians and coaches.

A phased construction programme is due to start in Spring 2023.

Aaron Morby

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