Enfield Council has struck a deal with Troubadour Theatres to build film and television studios at its £6bn Meridian Water development.
The complex will be known as Troubadour Meridian Water Studios. This will be the largest studio complex inside the North Circular, the closest to central London and is set to open by spring 2021.
Phase one of the scheme involves the construction of three purpose-built sound stages with the largest at nearly 21,000 sq ft; two further two stages are planned in phase two.
Work has already started on the project and the studios are expected to be operational from early this year.
Enfield Council has agreed to invest nearly £3m into the project to enable the construction and purchase of film studios. It expects to get this money back in rent that Troubadour Theatres will pay to the council.
The team behind Troubadour Theatres previously set up Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre in 2019 at the Old Fountain Studios in west London. This has hosted theatre productions such as the National Theatre's War Horse as well as various film shoots and television shows.
The leader of Enfield Council, Cllr Nesil Caliskan, said, “This is incredibly exciting news for Enfield. This agreement will plug the local economy of Edmonton and Enfield into the dynamic international film and media sector and means Enfield is poised to become one of the leading London boroughs for high-end television and film production.
“The delivery of film studios is the boldest and most exciting project in Meridian Water to date. It would help transform Meridian Water into a destination by providing a major public theatre venue and help stimulate the economic regeneration of the borough through the training academy and a new media and arts hub.”
Meridian Water is Enfield Council’s regeneration programme, with plans for 10,000 new homes over the next 25 years, supported by the recently opened Meridian Water railway station.