Further development set to compliment Dagenham film production complex

A US developer behind east London’s new Hollywood-style film studios is set to build another complex in Dagenham.

Los Angeles-based Hackman Capital Partners (HCP), which owns the studio where The Sopranos and Sex and the City were filmed, announced they were building a £300million production complex in Barking and Dagenham last year.

Today the company revealed it had also struck a deal to convert warehouses on the 10-acre site Wharf site near the River Roding into studios.

The new site will “complement” the larger Dagenham Eastbrook Studios complex with six new sound stages, production offices and workshop space, the council said.

The smaller studios are expected to open as early as the Autumn.

Council leader Darren Rodwell said: “This is fantastic news and is another sign of the huge confidence in our borough, London and the UK from HCP, who have already made a massive commitment to building Eastbrook Studios and are now expanding to The Wharf.

“Their decision to invest in The Wharf is another boost for our borough and London, meaning more jobs and opportunities for local people. We will not only be able to say movies will be Made in Dagenham but in Barking too.”

Dagenham Eastbrook is expected to be open by 2023.

The council has also built up its own film unit, which has already attracted big-budget films such as Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Doctor Strange, as well as TV dramas including Netflix’s Black Mirror.

The town hall estimates the studios will bring more than 1,200 extra jobs to the borough and add £35m a year to the local economy.

Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said:

“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.

“Industry recovery in the final quarter of 2020 generated £1.19 billion spend for film and high-end TV, the second highest three-month spend on record. The demand is there – and growing.

“We just need the studio space to match it, which is why today’s announcement of additional sound stages in east London by autumn is not only welcome, but extremely timely.”

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Rachael Burford

Local Democracy Reporter