Ex-Toys ‘R’ Us site to become huge film studio in Brent Cross Town

Launch event of The Visitor Pavilion, Brent Cross Town

Launch event of The Visitor Pavilion, Brent Cross Town - Credit: © John Sturrock

Troubadour Theatres, producers of performances for platforms such as National Theatre, MTV and Netflix, is set to open a 150,000 sq ft film studio in Brent Cross Town.

Barnet Council and Argent Related have secured a three-year lease for the former Toys ‘R’ Us building on Tilling Road, which will become Brent Cross Studios.

The temporary state-of-the-art film and TV studio, will also boast a skills academy, and will open early next year. 

It is the most significant coup to date for the 180-acre, £7bn new park town and its supporters hope it will attract world-class TV productions and film houses to the area, providing a boost to the local economy.

Nick Searl, partner of Argent Related said: “Creating valuable opportunities so that the neighbourhood can benefit from Brent Cross Town in its early stages is a top priority as we deliver on our pledge of creating a town where all can flourish. 

“Troubadour Theatres is a fantastic addition to the development, bringing with it new job and training opportunities in the dynamic international TV and film sector.

"Brent Cross Studios will provide a tangible boost to the local economy and will attract world-class TV productions and film houses.”

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Troubadour already has a local presence with its Wembley Park Theatre - where The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is currently being performed. 

Cllr Daniel Thomas, Leader of Barnet Council, said: “The opening of the Troubadour Theatres’ Brent Cross Studios next year is another great example of how we are reviving this corner of Barnet and will transform the well-known Toys ‘R’ Us site.” 

The planned skills academy will enable local residents to be trained in the film and television industry - with an estimated 150 training sessions planned for the first three years. 

Cllr Thomas added: “It will also join the London North Studio in Mill Hill in supporting a growing sector across the borough by bringing a new network of film, television and other creative businesses and entertainment professionals to the area.”