Newtown WorksPosted on 11 March 2020
What is Newtown Works?
Newtown Works is a proposed mixed-use development, consisting of:
80,000 sq. ft. of TV and film studios,
27,000 sq. ft. Media Village, which will include commercial space for SMEs and freelancers,
A conference and events centre,
A 120-bedroom hotel,
A multi-storey car park,
62 service apartments,
90,000 sq. ft. of converted accommodation in the former engine shed, including B1 workspace, retail space, a gym and D1 accommodation.
This new development aims to put Ashford at the forefront of the digital revolution, by offering state-of-the-art film and TV production space in the heart of Kent. With quick links to London, Newtown Works and Ashford makes for an ideal location for key players in the online streaming, film and TV industries.
Ashford International Film Studios
The Ashford International Film Studios are part of TIME + SPACE Studios, the fastest growing group of film and TV Studios in the UK. The platform is management by The Creative District Improvement Co, which aims to operate one million sq. ft. of production space by 2024 to answer the growing demand for available studio and production space in the UK.
TIME + SPACE Studios is formed of:
The Twickenham Film Studios in London,
The Ashford International Studios,
The Littlewoods Studios in Liverpool.
Who is developing Newtown Works?
In July 2019, Quinn Estates signed a deal with The Creative District Improvement Co. (TCDICo) to develop and construct a new UK hub for TV and film, to be operated by TCDICo, located at the heart of Ashford.
Jeremy Rainbird from The Creative District Improvement Co., which specialises in the development and operation of mixed-use schemes for the creative industries, said: “The boom in content, that the whole world is seeing, is going to come to Ashford, generating far in excess of 1,000 indirect and direct jobs, and creating a halo effect on the local economy.
What are the next steps for this development?
The planning application was submitted at the end of 2019 and is currently following the standard planning application process.
To find out more about this development, read the Quinn Estates Consultation Boards.