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Tatton pushes on with film studio expansion

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.

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Good for Tatton – bad fro Liverpool’s planned studios?

By Craig

Good for Liverpool and all the North – as the recent LSH report showed, there is a huge shortage of capacity nation wide and more facilities in the region including Channel 4 in Leeds give us a critical mass over this fabulous creative corridor.

By Tatton

Liverpool’s 300,000 sq ft will be in a different league altogether. No competition. All good for the North.

By LEighteen

With Sharp Project, Space Project, Old Granada Studios and Media City, the regions offering is strong. Sky and Netflix have filmed a fair bit in Manchester recently and were often seeing Manchester and Cheshire feature in adverts.

By Mitch

Liverpool will be a different league altogether .. but still good for the North

By Anonymous

Liverpool is the most filmed city outside of London so it won’t affect Liverpool.

By Anonymous

Liverpool isn’t the most filmed city anymore, Manchester has taken over

By Fools

@Fools do you know how many film days your city had to back up that claim?

By Anonymous

@ anonymous, if you did you’d have shut him down by posting them.

By Anonymous

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