Hollywood North will see much-needed additional production capacity: Construction of a new film and television production studio campus immediately north of the SkyTrain Lake City Way station in Burnaby could begin in late 2022.
Bridge Studios confirmed to Daily Hive Urbanized that it is moving ahead with plans to build the facility on a 19-acre site at 3131 Lake City Way.
Named “Bridge Studios -Lake City-“, it will have over one million square feet of total floor space, including 21 sound stages covering a combined total of 340,000 square feet, as well as 330,000 square feet of space support such as factory outlets, wardrobe, props, set decoration and build bays, and 150,000 square feet of production office space.
While some of Metro Vancouver’s biggest new film studios in the past 20 years have been made by converting existing warehouse buildings, this will be a brand new purpose-built facility. The property’s two existing warehouse buildings, totaling 253,000 square feet, will be completely demolished to construct the new structures.
There will also be parking for 1,000 vehicles, mostly underground, to accommodate staff needs, and over a mile of film truck parking space directly behind the sound stages.
Ron Hrynuik, managing director of Bridge Studios, told Daily Hive Urbanized that it will be the largest full-service movie studio in Canada, which includes a wide range of facilities, equipment and services.
Bird Construction was recently awarded a contract worth over $200 million to build the campus. The facility could be ready for production in 2025.
“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to complete another important project for this client, as well as to contribute to the growth and prosperity of the community,” said Teri McKibbon, p.resident and CEO of Bird Construction.
“This large-scale project leverages the proven execution experience of our team and contributes to the continued expansion of our portfolio of projects in the BC market, while continuing to strengthen our relationship with this client. for which we have executed a number of projects across Canada.”
Further details of the redevelopment will be released later this year.
Bridge Studios, owned by local developer Larco Investments, is located on Boundary Road near SkyTrain Gilmore station. The new Lake City campus will be considerably larger than their first facility.
Larco acquired the Lake City Way property in a deal worth $140 million in February 2020.
In November 2021, the City of Burnaby announced that it had selected Larco’s $136 million bid to purchase the city-owned vacant 17-acre site at 3990 Marine Way within the grounds of Big Bend in South Burnaby. Larco will develop the site into a major film and television production studio.
Larco also acquired a five-acre site at 7705 Griffiths Drive, adjacent to SkyTrain’s Edmonds Maintenance Center in Burnaby, for a smaller studio. Existing self-storage structures will be demolished for new purpose-built studios.
That same month, a partnership between Aquilini Development and local First Nations announced plans to redevelopment the 40-acre Willingdon Lands immediately west of the BCIT Burnaby campus. The project will include a 450,000 square foot production studio in new purpose-built structures, as well as 5,000 homes.
In late 2021, construction also began on a major film and television production campus on a vacant 33-acre site next to the 216th Street interchange of the Trans-Canada Highway in the Township of Langley. It will be a purpose-built new campus for Martini Film Studios, with 16 sound stages totaling 370,000 square feet, support space reaching 224,000 square feet, and production office space reaching 135,000 square feet. The new Martini Film Studios campus will open in 2024.
In October 2021, the Vancouver Economic Commission reported that the film, television, animation and post-production industry generated a combined total of $3.4 billion for the economy of Colombia. British in 2020, even with the effects of the pandemic. In doing so, he supported 65,000 jobs across British Columbia.
A severe shortage of studio space in Metro Vancouver has limited the amount of potential work and the number of jobs the local film and television industry can generate.