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 are committed to reducing the carbon output generated by activities on site at TBYS and filming on location around the city, to align the production sector’s activities with Bristol’s ambitious target to become carbon neutral by 2030, as stated in Bristol’s One City Climate Strategy.
The Bottle Yard Studios archive photo – Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry (image courtesy of www.bristolpast.co.uk)
Together, we established our Green Team in 2020 and developed a medium-term Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan which seeks to implement a number of de-carbonisation projects to TBYS’s buildings and systems, to assist clients to become more sustainable whilst working at TBYS and/or filming on location in Bristol, and in turn, to enable productions to be successful BAFTA albert accredited projects.
As a UNESCO City of Film (designated in 2017), Bristol is committed to fully integrating culture and creativity into local strategies and plans for sustainable city development. Bristol UNESCO City of Film represents the many organisations and businesses that make up Bristol’s diverse film, TV and moving image sector. The work of TBYS and BFO’s Green Team complements the Bristol UNESCO City of Film 2021-25 Action Plan, which commits the sector to the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals with a specific focus on SDG 13 (Climate Action).
Bristol City Council’s Energy Team is fully engaged with our Green Team. Together, we have implemented a number of de-carbonisation projects, focussing initially on reducing impact of scope 1 & 2 emissions.
Want to know more? Read our full Sustainability Statement here – or check out some of the headlines below.