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Bristol’s TBY2 production facility opens its doors

Disney Plus' remake of Jilly Cooper's Rivals is the first production confirmed to shoot at the studios

Bristol-based The Bottle Yard Studios has officially opened the doors to its new £13.5 million expansion, TBY2.

The facility offers an additional three premium quality, fully soundproofed stages, sized 20,000 sq ft, 16,500 sq ft and 7,000 sq ft of clear with maximum heights of 34ft.

Studio 10 at TBY2

The soundstages are accompanied by more than 40,000 sq ft of ancillary space comprising production offices, prop stores, costume/makeup and break out areas.

The site is supported with up to 10GB secure connectivity.

It has been designed with sustainability in mind, including a sophisticated building management system controls built-in heating, cooling and ventilation in all stages. TBY2’s roof hosts a 1MWp solar array consisting of more than 2,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels, which is the biggest community-owned solar rooftop array in the West of England, capable of generating the equivalent amount of energy needed to power 250 average Bristol households per year.

TBY2 already has its first production booked in, with Disney Plus’ remake of Jilly Cooper’s Rivals set to film at the facility.

Speaking about TBY2’s opening, Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol,said: “The Bottle Yard Studios, our Hollywood in Hengrove, continues to go from strength-to-strength. Filming in Bristol is booming – testament to Channel 4’s decision to relocate to our city in 2018.

“This year, the sector contributed almost £21 million to our economy. New productions by Disney+ and other major streamers and commissioners will only bolster our global growth.”