Reel progress for state of the art TV and film studio in Leeds as contracts signed

October 2019

The next steps to securing a new TV and film studio in Leeds have been completed as Leeds City Council has agreed a lease on the old Polestar Petty Printwork site to enable the operator, Versa, to convert the premises into a state of the art facility.

Earlier in the year the council’s executive board approved a decision that the council would take a head lease of the property from Caddick Group, who are currently refurbishing the building, and then sublet to national operator Versa Studios who would in turn convert the buildings into six new studios ranging from 8,000 to 22,000 Square Feet.

This week, contracts have been signed between Leeds City Council and Caddick Group, and the council has also received approval to loan Versa £1.6 million to complete external acoustics work which will now start ahead of opening the studios in 2020.

With increasing demand for more space to support the flourishing creative sector in the city, the new studio will more than double the amount of usable TV and film space and could support up to six new studios.  The sector is expanding quickly following key recent announcements of relocations to Leeds by media and TV giants Channel 4 and Sky.

Leeds Studios will be specifically targeted at TV  and Film drama making but we will also encourage a cluster of supporting infrastructure including post-production companies. It is likely we will also develop a multi-camera studio facility in the future to meet demand as it grows in Leeds for this type of space

Our sister Company has already created a tech and media cluster at Leeds Dock and will continue to grow the Estate  , where LEEDS Studios will also have a base for supporting business’s , together with the on-site facilities at Whitehall Road following  the simultaneous acquisition of Kidd House which will be converted into a media services building .”