Newtown Works – the UK’s largest new-build TV and film studio outside London
Together with urban regeneration specialists, The Creative District Improvement Company (TCDICo), Quinn Estates is delighted to announce a £250m investment in Kent’s TV and film studios at Newtown Works, Ashford.
Taking a long redundant complex of Grade II Listed buildings, the 240,000 sq.ft restoration project seeks to convert them into state-of-the-art TV and film studios, ancillary production space, mill store and media village, including an educational hub, which will be developed with local education providers. The plans also include a 120-room hotel, 68 serviced apartments, a conference centre and gym, restaurant and leisure space.
The UK’s largest new-build TV and film studio outside the capital has been designed by award-wining architects, Hollaway.
Mark Quinn, CEO and Chairman of Quinn Estates, explains the vision behind the project: “We wanted to create something sustainable, train local people in the area and create a place that is more affordable than where the current film locations are. The infrastructure around the land is very significant for a scheme like this – the site has brilliant connectivity and quick fibre-optic connections.”
If granted planning permission, Newtown Works is set to raise the profile of the Ashford borough and deliver 3,000 jobs. The studios will benefit from the town’s transport links to London and Europe and is set to help unleash Kent’s creative potential. The project is scheduled for 2021.
Gavin Cleary, CEO of Locate in Kent, the inward investment agency for the county, said: “We see Newtown Works as being a game changer for the creative and digital sector in Kent, but not just for the jobs it will create or the vibrancy that it will add to the wider region. There is a real opportunity here to plan for the long term, building skills and opportunities that will support growth for years to come.”