£6m renovation of East London TV and film studios supports over 1,000 local jobs

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hailed the potential of the capital’s multi-billion pound TV and film industry to support the UK’s economy as he visited the newly renovated 3 Mills Studios in east London.

The Mayor unveiled the completed £6m development of the studios that has seen upgrades to several of the site’s historic buildings, the creation of more than 10,000 sq ft of creative workspace and boosting the environmental sustainability, climate resilience and the economic viability of these important heritage assets.

3 Mills Studios has provided a stage for numerous world-class TV series and films including Emmy award-winning US production The Great and acclaimed film Never Let Me Go.

The transformation will enable the studios to expand its offering to film, TV productions and theatre thanks to £6m funding from the Mayor and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

The cultural and creative industries have been hit hard by the impact of the pandemic and spiralling cost of operating, but film and TV productions made in and around London over the last five years have generated more than £10bn for the UK’s economy.

The industry will play a key role in helping to drive the country’s economy forward over the next few years, and the Mayor committed to doing all he can to support it after the capital historically had to turn away multi-million dollar US film and TV productions due to lack of studio space.

London is now experiencing an increase in the development of new and upgraded studio spaces, with £3m, secured by the Mayor, for this major upgrade to 3 Mills Studios and £5m to open London’s largest new studio for 25 years in Dagenham, Eastbrook Studios.

The Mayor’s funding for 3 Mills and Dagenham’s Eastbrook Studios is part of his £22.1m allocation from the Government’s £900m Getting Building Fund. Together these projects are helping to create more than 1,000 jobs, from marketing and design to animators and camera crew.

The works at 3 Mills Studios have been made possible by funding from the Government’s Getting Building Fund via a £3m grant allocated by the Mayor of London, and a further £1.9m funding has been provided through the LLDC’s Community Infrastructure Fund.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, commented: “London is a global hub for film and television and 3 Mills has been pivotal in the success of the industry. The restoration of these historic buildings not only offers much needed space for more industry production to take place in the capital, but also supports over a thousand jobs in the heart of east London.”

By Matthew Neville – Senior Correspondent, Bdaily

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