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Twickenham Studios set for $20m expansion

An artist’s impression of the redeveloped TFS

Twickenham Film Studios (TFS) in the UK is investing £15m (US$20.7m) to expand and redevelop the site into a contemporary film and TV campus.

Operated by Time+Space Studios, TFS is the oldest film studio in London. The investment will see the development of a state-of-the-art TV studio, including audience-participation facilities, upgraded sound production studios and a second sound-mixing suite to host tentpole productions.

It will also include the construction of a new entrance building, creating new public spaces with flexible workspaces, a boutique cinema, a café and rooftop social bar area.

The Creative District Improvement Co, led by managing partners Piers Read and Jeremy Rainbird, is the development manager, working in conjunction with General Projects and British Airways Pension Fund, which are backing the investment.

In a joint statement, Read and Rainbird said: “This is the evolution of Twickenham Film Studios into a truly world-class tech and innovation campus in London, building on over a century of film history. From script to screen, the expansion means we can welcome even more productions and filmmakers of all levels, who will call the new campus ‘home.’

“The physical enhancement of the campus not only talks to the heritage of the buildings but will see a continuation of our investment into cutting-edge facilities and best-in-class production workflows centred around sound, picture and film studios. We can’t wait to welcome even more producers to Twickenham as the content revolution goes from strength to strength.”

A planning application has been submitted to Richmond Council and building is expected to begin later this year, with completion before October 2022.

Cara Sheppard, the newly appointed MD of TFS, said: “Twickenham Film Studios has a rich heritage, having made some of history’s most iconic Hollywood and British films and TV shows. The redevelopment is such an important turning point for our iconic studio. The significant investment in the regeneration and expansion of the site and its facilities will enhance our whole studio campus.

“We are investing heavily into securing the best industry talent as well as the latest technologies that, combined, will ensure the next chapter for Twickenham Studios is even more successful than the last.”

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