Ealing Studio – the first Net Zero Carbon recording studio

2nd December 2022

FLATT are extremely proud to share that last week saw Ealing Studios obtain planning permission for their new £20m expansion project, comprising a new 14,000 sq ft sound stage, 10,000 sq ft of new workshops and 35,000 sq ft of new production office accommodation.

Established in 1902, Ealing Studios is recognised as the oldest continuously working film studios in the world. So far the project already has an amazing track record – Planning approval in record time, high levels of energy and sustainability credentials and an impressive Art Deco design, thanks to Create Design.

The development is considered to be ‘Net Zero Carbon’ by having an improved thermal envelope, highly efficient air-source heat pumps and over 700 sqm of photovoltaic panels, achieving a 100 per cent reduction in regulated carbon emissions.

It is believed that this will be the first NET ZERO CARBON (via on-site renewable technology) film studios complying with the latest Building Regulations ADL2 2021 requirements.

Project highlights:
– BREEAM ‘Outstanding’
– Completely 100%: Zero Carbon development via on-site renewables
– Absolutely zero carbon off-set payment to be made
– GLA’s WLC aspirational targets met.

Ealing Studios: Iconic London film facility set for makeover – BBC News

The Studio has produced some truly iconic comedies such as Bridget Jones, Notting Hill, The Ladykillers, Sean of the Dead and many other classics.  In addition, Ealing also has an established music recording studio, having hosted world renowned recorded artists such as Rhianna, Adele, Sam Smith.  

Barnaby Thompson, partner at Ealing Studios, has said: “Since the invention of film, Ealing Studios has been at the forefront of every new media revolution – and this is the next stage in our evolution, responding to a need for greater studio space as well as recognising the need to become a more sustainable industry. We thrilled to be celebrating our 120th birthday by building what we believe is the first Net Zero Carbon stage in the UK. We want the Studio to be a home for talent for generations to come.”

Well done to all involved, a fantastic achievement in 2022 on what is Ealing Studios’ 120th Birthday!

Development Manager: Pella Real Estate
Architect/images: Create Studio
MEP, Energy & Sustainability: FLATT
Structures: Morph Structures
Planning Consultant’s: DP9
Image credit: Kanada Consulting

It is believed that Ealing Studio will be the first NET ZERO CARBON (via on-site renewable technology) film studios complying with the latest Building Regulations ADL1 2021 requirements.

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