Streaming titan Netflix has unveiled new plans to open a huge new production centre at a site in Enfield, North London, as it continues to expand its UK operations. The company has agreed on a lease from the property developer, Segro, to house its sound stages, studios and make-up and costume departments.
The American streaming service will move to the huge new site next year, which is reported to be around a massive 230,000 square feet. They have recently opened new sites at Longcross Studios and Shepperton Studios both in Surrey.
It is estimated that this new investment will create 20,000 jobs in the UK. The new Enfield site is a short walk from the peripheral Ponders End train station.
Earlier this year, The Sunday Telegraph were the ones who first broke the news that “exploratory” talks between Segro and Netflix had commenced. The article said the site has easy access to the M25 and is “seen as a key draw for TV and film production crews”.
Anna Mallett, Netflix’s vice president of physical production explained: “The UK is one of Netflix’s most important hubs: its creative brilliance, combined with a highly skilled and versatile workforce creates an ecosystem that makes this country one of the best places to do business.”
She appended that the new site “builds on our commitment to spend over $1 billion on productions across the UK this year, invest in the creative community, and support the next generation of talent”.
Discussing the move, Enfield council leader, councillor Nesil Caliskan said that efforts have been made in tandem with Netflix “to create a business-friendly, supportive and welcoming environment for the film and television industry and the borough is now home to the largest concentration of new studios in London”.
In other news, the streaming site recently saw a record amount of views for its hit drama, Squid Game. The South Korean show attracted more than 111 million viewers globally.