Sky is developing a new 32-acre Studio complex to include 12 filming studios, production offices, set construction workshop, a screening cinema and modern post-production, digital facilities and associated access, parking and landscaping works.

The planned production will be made with the support of Sky’s new owner Comcast and in collaboration with sister-company NBCUniversal and will mark a major new investment in the UK and European creative economy.

CGI Image of the Sky Studios Elstree Image source UMC Architects
CGI Image of the Sky Studios Elstree, courtesy of UMC Architects

The development is scheduled to open in 2022, subject to planning approval, and will be able to support the simultaneous production of numerous films and TV shows, with each of the 14 sound stages covering over 20,000 sqft.

The design for the new studios is being delivered by UMC ArchitectsFairhurst and Hoare Lea, with Potter Raper Partnership undertaking the quantity surveying and project management of the scheme.

Construction Site Image of Sky Studios shot by Evercam Construction Cameras
Construction Site Image of Sky Studios courtesy of Evercam Construction Cameras

The construction team will optimise the design for sustainability, including sourcing materials that are local and low carbon. Once operational, Sky Studios Elstree will not use gas or fossil fuels to power the day-to-day running of the site – instead, it will source renewable energy with the capability to generate up to 20 per cent of energy on-site through solar energy.