The opening date for the forthcoming film and TV production space based at the old Polestar Petty site in Leeds has been revealed by the city council.
Leeds Studios, the full-service soundstage complex based in the heart of the city, is set to open in May 2020 providing five production stages for TV, feature film and commercial clients.
It will offer productions over 130,000 sq ft of production space, including: 68,000 sq ft of premium sound stages, over 60,000 sq ft of flexible production office and service space, including prop stores, workshops, makeup and costume facilities.
Based at Whitehall Road, Leeds Studios is just five minutes from the city centre railway station and Channel 4 national HQ.
It is a joint-venture between All Studios, operators of the Manchester Studios complex, led by Melanie Jones, and Ben Hepworth, Managing Director of Leeds-based Prime Studios.
The project team has come together, supported by Leeds City Council, with a shared vision to deliver high-quality production spaces in growing city regions across the UK.
“Bringing a state-of-the-art studio to the city and now starting to see what will be brought to life ahead of the opening next year is hugely exciting,” said Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council.
“Not only is this development a real boost for the creative and TV sectors in Leeds, but the benefits will be seen for our local economy as we open new avenues for companies to come and work in the city whilst also bringing in new jobs.”
Melanie Jones, MD of All Studios, added: “The launch of Leeds Studios is a significant development in our strategy to build a market leading portfolio of film & TV production spaces across the UK.’’
“Leeds is the fastest growing city in the UK and at the forefront of the country’s booming film & TV economy. We’re excited by the partnership with Ben and Leeds City Council and look forward to becoming part of the city’s thriving media sector.”