Construction at Sky Studios Elstree has reached a major milestone this week as the final steelwork was installed on the highest structure on site
Reaching a height of 16m, the final piece of steel was secured on the roof of a 60,000 sq ft soundstage using a specially made green bolt, representing Sky Studios Elstree’s ambition to become the world’s most sustainable film and TV studio.
Planning permission was granted in summer 2020.
Just 16 months later, Oliver Dowden, local MP for Hertsmere and member of the cabinet, attended a Topping Out ceremony on-site to secure the final bolt alongside Morris Bright, leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, Sajida Bijle, MD of Hertsmere Borough Council, Cécile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of Sky Studios, Nigel Wilson, CEO of Legal & General, and Adam Harding, regional director, South East of BAM.
Set to become operational in early 2022 and fully open with 13 sound stages later in the year, Sky Studios Elstree will create 2,000 jobs locally and become home to new film and TV projects from Sky and NBCUniversal, attracting £3bn of new production investment over the first five years.
‘A hotbed for film and TV production’
Commenting on this significant moment, MP for Hertsmere, Oliver Dowden MP said, “Sky Studios Elstree is a huge investment in our creative industries and is helping to fuel the economy, both locally and nationally.
“Across Hertsmere and the surrounding areas, we are creating a hotbed for film and TV production, building on the area’s strong heritage in the screen arts, and it’s great to see Sky pushing ahead with training and supporting the next generation of local talent.
“During COP26, I am also very proud that Sky Studios Elstree is set to be the greenest studio in the world when it opens next year.”
Sky is a patron and media partner of COP26 and as part of Sky’s commitment to be net zero carbon by 2030, it is building Sky Studios Elstree to be the world’s most sustainable film and TV studio.
Nigel Wilson, CEO of Legal & General Group, added: “Sky Studios Elstree is a perfect example of our approach to supporting projects that deliver regional growth, create local value and invest in the skills, training and economy of tomorrow.
“The UK’s creative industries are world-leading and continue to grow at a rapid rate. We are proud to enable further growth in this area enabling the UK economy to build back better.”
Adam Harding, regional director for the South East at BAM, commented: “This is a landmark development for BAM in the UK and we are proud that we’ve been able to hire dozens of people locally and kickstart the construction career of many new apprentices on Sky Studios Elstree.
“Alongside building at a rapid rate, we’ve also been meticulous in our approach to sustainability on site and throughout the construction process.
“We can’t wait to see the cameras rolling on new Sky and NBCU productions next year.”