The Bottle Yard Studios have officially opened their new facility TBY2. Backed by West of England Combined Authority investment, the £13.5m redevelopment is intended to maintain and grow film and TV production in the region.
The state-of-the-art second facility, offers an additional three premium quality, fully sound proofed stages - increasing the total number of stages at The Bottle Yard Studios from eight to 11.
The Bottle Yard Studios is the largest dedicated film and television production facility in the region. Over the past decade its accommodated more than 70 film and TV productions.
At the official opening (Thursday 3 November), the first booking for the new facility was exclusively revealed to be bold new eight-part saga Rivals, based on the bestselling novel by Jilly Cooper, produced for Disney+ by Happy Prince, part of ITV Studios.
Dan Norris, Mayor of the West of England, says: “I’ve watched this expansion come alive, from a cold and empty space to the fully functioning facility we see today. I’m incredibly proud that this is down to £12 million of investment from the West of England Combined Authority I lead.
"Creativity runs through our region’s veins, and we are fortunate to have truly world-leading people working locally in our creative industries. With Netflix, Channel 4, the BBC and more, making shows like Bridgerton, The Outlaws, Tracey Beaker and natural history gems here in the West we have an exciting story to tell.
"Now the improved Bottle Yard Studios with three brand-new stages means we can continue to build on these successes to create even more top-notch film and television and bring thousands of highly skilled jobs to our region. Today’s official opening (Thursday 3 November) sends a strong message nationally and internationally that our amazing West of England is open for business. So please come here and invest.
"I look forward to watching as more films and TV hit the screens that were made in our amazing West of England region."