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Law firm advises borough on deal to build largest film and tv production centre in London

Law firm Gowling WLG has advised the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and  its regeneration and development company Be First on an agreement with Hackman Capital Partners (HCP) to build London's largest film and TV production centre in Dagenham.

Eastbrook Studios London will be the capital's largest studio campus. The project comes with planning permission, and HCP's plans include up to 12 sound stages, offices and ancillary space, totalling over half a million square feet.

The studios is expected to be a major boost for the borough, the entertainment industry and the capital, creating an estimated 1,200 jobs, as well as apprenticeships, community outreach and supply chain opportunities.

Building work is set to start next year, with an expectation for the studio to be fully operational by 2023.

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Richard Beckingsale, partner and head of regeneration at Gowling WLG, said: “We were delighted to be asked to support the council and Be First on the film studio project. We have assembled the site over the last three years and it is fantastic news to have now appointed a partner with the track record of HCP. Not only is it a success story for Dagenham, but it comes at a time when our cultural sectors are in need of support and investment.”

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