- February 1, 2024

Pioneering Sustainable Soundstages

Wycombe Film Studios, an ambitious project by Stage50, is setting the standard for soundstage construction by combining impressive dimensions with eco-friendliness. This permanent soundstage, measuring an expansive 40×50 meters with a generous height of 12.7 meters (reaching 18.5 meters at its apex), exemplifies the future of filmmaking infrastructure. The soundstage incorporates essential features such as an elephant door, strategically positioned catwalks, and a series of REDs spaced every 2.5 meters to enhance functionality. Remarkably, it boasts a sound insulation rating of 54db.

Expansion Plans

The project’s phased build spans 18 months, with the first sound stage and back lot available for hire. Future additions include seven more sound stages, stunt rehearsal space, workshops, offices, a cafĂ©, and ample parking facilities. This comprehensive approach positions Wycombe Film Studios as a hub for diverse productions, from independent films to Hollywood blockbusters, ensuring its pivotal role in the film and television landscape.

Vision for the Future

Upon full operation, Wycombe Film Studios will create approximately 750 full-time jobs and 450 indirect jobs, offering traineeships and industry placements through its Academy of Creative and Technical Arts (ACTA). This visionary project will establish High Wycombe as a sought-after destination for both national and international film and high-end television productions. It will draw innovative content creators and inspire a new generation of British filmmakers, firmly placing Buckinghamshire at the forefront of the entertainment industry.

Embracing Sustainability

At Spantech, we’re committed to fostering sustainability in the entertainment industry. Our Wycombe Film Studios project exemplifies this commitment through responsible material choices and forward-thinking design principles. The soundstage employs sustainable materials like aluminum (including 40% recycled aluminum), steel, and PVC. This approach significantly reduces its environmental impact compared to traditional concrete stages.

Environmental Impact Study

To underscore our commitment to sustainability, we conducted a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study comparing the environmental implications of materials used in our soundstage with those used in a conventional concrete stage with identical characteristics. The results affirm the environmental benefits of choosing sustainable materials in construction. Our eco-friendly soundstage not only provides a cutting-edge filming environment but also contributes to a greener future.

Sustainable Integration

To harmonize with the surroundings and address community concerns, the project includes tree screening, green walls, and special cladding that blends seamlessly with the landscape. Buckinghamshire Council recognizes the studios as a catalyst for economic growth in the region.

Wycombe Film Studios, an ambitious undertaking by Stage50, represents a pioneering shift in the construction of soundstages. Its commitment to sustainability, economic growth, and innovation sets a precedent for the industry, fostering a new era of responsible filmmaking infrastructure. Spantech is proud to be a part of this transformative project, demonstrating our dedication to shaping the future of entertainment while contributing positively to the environment and local economy.