House of Fisher Welcomes Film Crews
Reading, Berkshire, is home to many fascinating places and is bursting with endless creative opportunities. One place of particular note is the newly opened Shinfield Studios, an exciting new UK film, TV studio, and production hub, located on South Avenue, Reading, just a 17-minute drive from our flagship 100 Kings Road and City Wall House serviced apartments.
Winnersh Studios, another prominent film studio just a 19-minute drive from Reading, also contributes to the dynamic creative landscape of the area.
Since House of Fisher is situated so close to both Shinfield Studios and Winnersh Studios (making it a popular choice for actors and production crew alike), it’s only fitting to address some of the most frequently asked questions about these studios and to provide insights into what visitors can expect…
About Shinfield Studios
Shinfield Studios’ journey commenced in March 2021 when planning approval was granted for four temporary film stages, completed by November 2021. By June of the same year, a comprehensive planning proposal was submitted to establish a permanent film/TV production hub, spanning over 65 acres within Thames Valley Science Park, Shinfield, with full planning permission granted by December 2021.
Shinfield Studios, currently in development, is an exciting addition to the UK’s entertainment landscape, with 13 open stages already built and more on the way. Offering nearly 1 million square feet of studio space, including 18 sound stages, workshops, an office, and a post-production facility, it aligns with the UK’s reputation for quality content. The studios aim to create job opportunities and contribute to innovation at Thames Valley Science Park, in partnership with the University of Reading and Wokingham Council.
FAQs About Shinfield Studios
Shinfield Studios is owned and operated by Shadowbox Studios, a prominent independent global studio platform owned by affiliates of Commonwealth Asset Management and Silver Lake.
Shinfield Studios is located within the Thames Valley Science Park, adjacent to the M4 motorway. It’s about a 20 minute bus ride from Reading town centre and 30 minutes by train to central London, with approximately 200 daily train services.
For those jetting off after a bustling day at the studio, London Heathrow Airport is conveniently less than a half-hour drive away or reachable within an hour via train.
Reportedly, Leslye Headland’s latest live-action Star Wars series has already started filming on the outdoor set at Shinfield Studios, according to online sources. This development brings exciting news for the enthusiastic local Star Wars fan base!
The studio will be a staggering one million square feet and will include 18 sound stages, workshops, an office, and a post-production facility.
About Winnersh Studios
Winnersh Studios, owned and operated by Stage Fifty, offers an expansive creative area spanning 120,000 sq ft. This space accommodates 6 lively sound stages, contributing to its vibrant ambiance.
Stage Fifty specialises in boutique film and television studio environments, ensuring top-tier facilities for global productions. With over 30 years’ experience, their studios, including Winnersh, provide exclusive experiences for creators. Alongside Winnersh Studios, they also operate Farnborough Film Studios and Wycombe Film Studios.
Winnersh Studios features two purpose-built sound stages, each over 19,300 sq ft, with plans for four more stages, including a VP stage, expanding its capabilities. Alongside 50,000 sq ft of workshops and 25,000 sq ft of office space, it’s designed for comprehensive creative endeavours.
FAQ About Winnersh Studios
Winnersh Film Studios, conveniently located near junction 10 of the M4, is a mere 40-minute train ride from central London and only 30 minutes away from Heathrow Airport.
At Winnersh Studios, there’s a sprawling facility comprising 120,000 sq ft spread across 6 sound stages, 50,000 sq ft of workshop space, and 25,000 sq ft allocated to offices.
Winnersh Studios is owned by Stage Fifty, a company known for operating, designing, and constructing film studios, crafting production-ready sound stages. In addition to Winnersh Studios, they also operate Farnborough Film Studios and Wycombe Film Studios.
According to online sources, “The Boys in the Boat,” a captivating sports drama film directed by George Clooney and distributed by Amazon MGM Studios, marks Winnersh Studios’ debut booking in the film industry.
Stay with House of Fisher
House of Fisher is delighted to have both Shinfield Studios and Winnersh Studios situated so close to our serviced apartments, which we spoke about in our blog: House of Fisher, Located in The Heart of UK Film Studios: Lights, Camera Stay! We look forward to witnessing the cinematic magic created at the studio on the big screen!
We extend a warm invitation to film crews and creatives to revel in the perfect fusion of comfort and convenience. Our flagship 100 Kings Road (Air Con in all apartments) and City Wall House (Air Con in some apartments) serviced apartments stand just a stone’s throw away from Shinfield Studios and Winnersh Studios, ensuring our creative guests a seamless transition between work and relaxation.
Our dedicated corporate sales team, headed up by Alex Glazier, are available to provide a one stop solution for your corporate stays.
We always encourage direct bookings through our website and advanced booking engine. You can also reach our Reservations team at 01189 514151. Booking directly with House of Fisher guarantees the best rates, as highlighted in the benefits detailed here.
One of the ways we alleviate your stress is by providing 24/7 Guest Services support. Our team is always available to assist you either in person, or via phone, video, chat or email so help is always on hand for all the services you need, from housekeeping to maintenance.
We look forward to welcoming you!
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About House of Fisher
Being in the heart of Reading, our serviced apartments redefine convenience for film and TV crews. Situated centrally, House of Fisher’s Reading serviced apartments are strategically placed for easy access to Reading’s attractions, business hubs, and transportation links. Whether you’re embarking on a short shoot or an extended production, our prime locations ensure you’re never far from the action.
Comfort and Style
Crafted for both luxury and practicality, our apartments boast modern amenities and are fully furnished. The blend of style and cosiness provides film/TV crews with a comforting retreat—a home away from home where they can recharge between intense filming sessions.
Variety of Apartments
Understanding the diverse needs of television film crews, House of Fisher offers a spectrum of apartment types, from studios to 3- bed apartments. Whether you’re a solo traveller, a couple, a family, or a corporate team, our accommodations cater to your specific requirements, ensuring everyone finds their ideal space.
From the moment of arrival, our dedicated team offers a warm welcome (100 Kings Road, our exclusive flagship Aparthotel offers a manned reception service) and continues to provide regular housekeeping services, ensuring your comfort and satisfaction throughout your time with us.
Whether you require a short stay or an extended stay, our serviced apartments accommodate your schedule. This flexibility in booking duration is tailored to unpredictable and dynamic schedules, making House of Fisher an ideal choice for any shoot length. To make a booking, click here.
Fully Equipped Kitchens
Equipped with modern kitchen facilities, our apartments cater to your culinary preferences. Our fully furnished kitchens and dedicated kitchen area allow you to prepare your favourite meals, ensuring you have the energy needed for your demanding filming schedules.
High-Speed Wi-Fi and Entertainment
Stay connected with high-speed Wi-Fi and enjoy access to the latest entertainment options with Sky TV, including sports. Whether it’s catching up on work or unwinding after a day on set, our apartments provide the digital infrastructure for both productivity and relaxation.
Safety and Security
At House of Fisher, your peace of mind is of paramount (please excuse the pun!) importance. We prioritise your safety, providing a secure environment within our regulated accommodation throughout your stay, allowing you to focus solely on your creative pursuits with peace of mind. In a recent article, we spoke about the health and wellbeing benefits guests can expect when they stay with us, you can check it out here.
We’re delighted to offer parking facilities at the majority of our properties, providing you with peace of mind regarding your vehicle during your stay with us. It’s worth noting that parking is available at a charge per vehicle per night, depending on the location, unless alternate arrangements have been made.
Kindly bear in mind that parking availability is subject to demand and isn’t assured, so we recommend inquiring about and securing your parking space when making your reservation. Additionally, please be aware that vehicles are parked at the owner’s risk, as is standard practice.