Theater group Troubadour Theaters have announced that they have signed an agreement to establish a brand new state-of-the-art film and television studio in Brent Cross Town, north London.

The space, which will be called Troubadour Brent Cross Studios, is “slated to be a capital hub for creative production” and will open in early 2022.

The deal secured includes a three-year lease on 150,000 square feet of space (the former Toys ‘R’ Us building on Tilling Road), Argent Related and Barnet Council – the joint venture providing Brent Cross Town, 180 acres from London, the £ 7 billion New Park City – marking the largest rental to date in the development.

The news follows the opening of Meridian Water Studios at Troubadour at Enfield, a 155,000 square foot film and television studio complex with Enfield Council, which launched earlier this year. Troubadour’s other venue, the Wembley Park Theater, is a fully flexible cultural destination theater and film studio, currently hosting the award-winning production of The curious incident of the dog during the night. With these two sites, the group has hosted theatrical productions such as the National Theater Battle horse and television and film productions such as Marvel’s Morbius, Danny Boyle’s Yesterday, Small mix: research for the BBC and The grinch for NBC.

Troubadour will also set up a local Skills Academy – which will work in conjunction with Troubadour Meridian Water Studios – to enable local communities to train in the film and television industry.

The Skills Academy, operational at all sites, will offer more than 500 training opportunities per year. At Troubadour Brent Cross Studios, it is estimated that 150 training opportunities are planned in the first three years.

The Skills Academy will admit students from all backgrounds and financial backgrounds, using scholarships, scholarships or apprenticeships. Troubadour says his previous track record shows that over 35% of employees come directly from the local community.

The new filming space includes on-site offices and workshops. The space will house the largest single studio (27,000 square feet) Troubadour has created in London to date.

Brent Cross Town offers a strategic location for Troubadour with excellent existing transport networks allowing easy access to central London. Bringing Troubadour into the old Toys ‘R’ Us building means it will be refurbished and outfitted with cutting edge equipment and recycled materials wherever possible, with an inventive reuse of space – like the conversion of old warehouses as a whole and costume workshops and props rooms.

Oliver Royds and Tristan Baker, CEO and Founders of Troubadour Theaters, said: “We are extremely excited to come to Brent Cross Town and work with the Barnet Council and Argent Related. We firmly believe that Troubadour Brent Cross Studios will quickly become an integral part of the community in the heart of a rapidly regenerating neighborhood. Our Skills Academy will create an immediate positive and demonstrable local impact which, we hope, will become a catalyst for employment within the borough.

Helena MacKenzie of Film London said: “We are delighted that a large space like this is being used for film and television production. With no sign of slowing production in London, its launch is timely and we welcome the investment in this very accessible part of London. We look forward to working closely with all partners not only to ensure continued first-class production in the capital, but also to help provide training and employment opportunities in the region through this studio complex.

Nick Searl, Silver Related Partner said: “Creating valuable opportunities so that the neighborhood can benefit from Brent Cross Town in its early days is a top priority as we deliver on our commitment to create a city where all can thrive. Troubadour Theaters is a fantastic addition to the development, bringing with it new employment and training opportunities in the vibrant international television and film industry. Brent Cross Studios will give a tangible boost to the local economy and attract world-class TV productions and movie houses.

Cllr Daniel Thomas, Leader of the Barnet Council, said: “The opening of Troubadour Theaters Brent Cross Studios next year is another great example of how we are bringing this corner of Barnet back to life and will transform the well-known site of Toys ‘R’ Us. The dynamic offer presented by Troubadour will create exciting employment and skills development opportunities for the local population with a new training academy. He will also join the London North Studio in Mill Hill to support a growing sector in the borough by bringing a new network of film, television and other creative businesses and entertainment professionals to the region.

Jon Cremier

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