Piers Read, the film studios developer bringing tinseltown to London town
EVENING STANDARD | 24/02/2021
Piers Read is taking me around north London’s new “mini Barbican”. Currently a muddy building site, Crouch End’s Hornsey Town Hall is undergoing a £30 million restoration project to turn it into a major new community arts centre.
Historic movie venue Twickenham Studios to get £15 million revamp
EVENING STANDARD | 15/02/2021
The two TV production Managing Partners who took over the running of Twickenham Studios last year today unveiled a £15 million investment plan to build a new TV studio, cutting edge sound production studios and flexible offices for local creative businesses.
More details of £15m Twickenham expansion released
The new developments include a state-of-the-art TV studio including audience participation, upgraded sound production studios, a second sound mixing suite to host tent-pole productions with Dolby Atmos in both and, central to the transformation, will be the construction of a brand new entrance building creating new public spaces with flexible workspaces, a boutique cinema, a café and rooftop social bar area.
Ashford International Film Studios gets planning greenlight
TELEVISUAL | 23/04/2020
Planning consent was granted last night for the new Ashford International Film Studios. The £250m studio-led transformation of Kent’s derelict Newtown Railway Works by Piers Read and Jeremy Rainbird’s The Creative District Improvement Company (TCDI) and Quinn Estates was passed at the first ever virtual meeting of Ashford Borough Council.
‘Once in a generation film studio-led development gets go-ahead’
QUINN ESTATES | 23/04/2020
Planning approval has been granted for Newtown Works, an ambitious £250m film studio-led regeneration of a derelict railway works in Ashford, Kent, with Amazon and Netflix among a number of global streaming giants poised to back the scheme.
Multimillion pound film studio development in Ashford given the go ahead
ITV NEWS | 23/04/2020
Plans to build a £250m film studio creating 2,000 jobs in Ashford have been approved by council planners. The Newtown Works development is due to be built on a disused railway yard that's been derelict since the 1980s.
Investing Amid a Pandemic: Why Coronavirus Hasn't Stopped a U.K. Studio Fund
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER | 30/03/2020
The co-founder of The Creative District Improvement Company — a $600 million fund aimed at U.K. studios that launched just days before film and TV production shut down — explains why it is moving ahead.
Hollywood-style studio in Kent moves step closer despite UK shutdown
THE GUARDIAN | 22/03/2020
A new Hollywood-style production studio planned for Ashford in Kent has come a step closer after securing £250m in funding, as its backers aim to capitalise on the Netflix-led boom in TV and film production.
New $292 Million Film & TV Studios to Be Built in Ashford, South-East England
VARIETY | 22/03/2020
The Creative District Improvement Company has teamed up with property developers Quinn Estates to invest £250 million ($292 million) in Ashford International Studios, a new film and TV studios in Ashford, South-East England, which they say will create 3,000 jobs.
London tycoons Piers Read and Jeremy Rainbird in £500m film studios venture
EVENING STANDARD | 02/03/2020
Two of London’s top TV and advertising tycoons have secured £500 million of institutional investment to build Britain’s first network of world-class film studios and capitalise on the Netflix-led boom in production.
U.K.’s Twickenham Studios Set for Revamp in $64 Million Deal
VARIETY | 02/03/2020
The U.K.’s Twickenham Studios is set for major investment following a £50 million ($64 million) deal that has seen property developer General Projects and urban regeneration specialists The Creative District Improvement Company (TCDI) take a 50% stake in the studios.
Inbetweeners producer secures £500m funding for Twickenham studios
THE TELEGRAPH | 02/03/2020
The producer of the Inbetweeners and a top London advertising tycoon have secured £500m in institutional investment for a network of film studios across the UK to meet the industry’s growing demand for studio space.
Rainbird, Read buy Twickenham, plan £500m studios network
TELEVISUAL | 02/03/2020
Piers Read and Jeremy Rainbird’s company The Creative District Improvement Company (TCDI Co.) and subsidiary operating company Time + Space Studios, have announced a £500m investment in a network of film studios across the UK and have bought Twickenham Studios in a £50m deal.
And action! Ditched Dagenham studio plan back on, says developer
THE GUARDIAN | 20/11/2019
Prefered bidder for site shelved plan due to Brexit but rival still keen as studio demand booms. Stalled plans to build a Hollywood-style studio in Dagenham East have been thrown a lifeline, with a backer offering £179m to get the first new TV and film studio built in London in 25 years.
It’s the longest listed building in Britain and it has been derelict for more than 20 years. But bold new plans have been revealed that could turn Ashford’s former railway works into Britain’s answer to Hollywood – a production base for big broadcasters like Netflix.
Netflix set to move into TV and film studios on Ashford railway works site
KENT ONLINE | 14/03/2019
Video streaming giant Netflix is set to make new film and TV studios in Ashford its UK base, KentOnline understands. Mark Quinn of Quinn Estates is hoping to transform derelict engine sheds on the former railway works in Newtown Road into seven state-of-the-art studios.