Hackman Capital Partners (HCP), the company behind the new film and TV studio in Dagenham, has announced plans to open a second, smaller site in Barking.
The company has agreed a ten year lease on two warehouses which will be converted into a new studio complex known as The Wharf. The development will complement the new Eastbrook Studios in Dagenham, increasing the total number of sound stages from 12 to 18 and takes HCP’s total investment in the project to £350 million.
The Wharf will house 165,000 square feet of sound stages as well as production offices and workshop space. It is expected to open by the autumn, before its larger counterpart.
Together, the two developments have the potential to create more than 1,800 jobs and will create the largest studio complex in London.
Michael Hackman, Hackman Capital Partners’ chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted to develop The Wharf and continue Barking and Dagenham’s transformation into a global media hub.”
Adrian Wootton OBE, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, added: “There could never be a better time to open new studio space in the capital. Despite Covid, London and the UK’s film and TV industry is flourishing.”