The 1MWp rooftop solar array that powers TBY2, our premium facility which opened in 2022
Roots in repurposing
The Bottle Yard’s seven acre main site on Whitchurch Lane was previously a winery and bottling factory. Its buildings were built in the 1950’s, and range in size from 7,000 – 200,000 sq ft. Business brought in by studio filming has created a continued use for these buildings, which had become vacant in 2010. We are essentially one enormous re-purposing project and this is something we are very proud of!
Our second facility, TBY2, is also a repurposed industrial site. Located nearby on Hawkfield Way, it was previously a gear manufacturing factory. It was transformed into a state-of-the-art, premium studio facility in 2022, following £12 million investment from the West of England Combined Authority.
The Bottle Yard and Bristol Film Office teams are committed to reducing the carbon output generated by activities on site at the Studios and filming on location around the city. It’s our aim to align the production sector’s activities with Bristol’s ambitious target to become carbon neutral by 2030; one-city-climate-strategy.pdf (www.bristolonecity.com).
The Bottle Yard Studios archive photo – Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry (image courtesy of www.bristolpast.co.uk)
We established our Green Team in 2020 and developed a five year Environmental Action Plan which seeks to implement de-carbonisation projects to our buildings and systems, as well as to assist clients to become more sustainable whilst working at TBYS and/or on location.
As a UNESCO City of Film, Bristol is committed to fully integrating culture and creativity into local strategies and plans for sustainable city development. The Bristol UNESCO City of Film Action Plan 2021-25 commits Bristol’s film, TV and moving image sector to the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a specific focus on SDG 13 (Climate Action). Through Bristol Film Office, Bristol City Council oversees the successful delivery of the Bristol UNESCO City of Film Action Plan, leading collaborative sector action to tackle climate change.
Bristol Council’s Energy Team is fully engaged with our Green Team. We are currently collaborating on a number of de-carbonisation projects that are planned for implementation at TBYS during 2021/2022.
Want to know more? Read our full Sustainability Statement here – or check out the headlines below.