The Tatton Group is looking to expand its film and TV studios at Ashley Hall following a year that has seen the company welcome Netflix, the BBC, Fox Searchlight, and Sky.
Tatton Locations, part of the wider Tatton Group, has grown its North Range workspace at Ashley Hall this year, welcoming three tenants to the 6,000 sq ft space just outside Altrincham.
These include architectural design company Imagineering Global, which has five staff; Film & TV Productions Group, which pulls together investors and production teams for projects; and event and location supplier Location Buddha, which employs 15 full-time and 40 seasonal staff.
Charlie Greenstein, head of TV & Film at Tatton Locations, said a web design company and a broadcast lighting company were also set to move to the space in the New Year.
“We are currently talking to some well-known production companies who are looking for homes for one of their big shows, which is a really exciting prospect. If that happens they may well take on the North Range as their production office,” she said.
“TV production has shot up, driven by the generation of original content by the major players, but London is saturated and the industry is looking north, because there is space here for both interior and exterior set builds. We have this, it’s our USP.”
Following the success of North Range, which Tatton expects to secure more tenants in the coming months and will be full up by the end of the year, the group is looking to expand its studio and workspace offering at the site.
There is a vacant barn to the rear of the existing development at Ashley Hall which is set to be converted into further studio space for film & TV, while other farm buildings on the estate could also be transformed.
Outdoor space at Ashley Hall has also been used for film productions, including an upcoming biopic of JRR Tolkien by Fox Searchlight, which used the space to double as the Battle of the Somme.
Other productions to be filmed at Tatton Locations’ sites include the Sky TV series Curfew, starring Sean Bean and Billy Zane; Peaky Blinders; Hollyoaks; and Netflix series Safe.