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New renderings from Canada’s largest film and television production studio in Burnaby

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The vastness of the future campus of Bridge Studios Lake City, Canada’s largest film and television production studio, is illustrated with artistic renderings.

As previously reported by Daily Hive Urbanized, the new facility will be located on a 19-acre site at 3131 Lake City Way – immediately north of the SkyTrain Lake City Way station, near the southwest base of Burnaby Mountain.

Site preparation for major construction activities is well advanced, which will involve the complete demolition of the existing warehouse buildings for a purpose-built, state-of-the-art, state-of-the-art studio. The installation is scheduled for 2025 completion.

The entire campus is a single sprawling U-shaped building, covering a total area of ​​1.3 million square feet.

This includes 21 sound stages covering a combined total of 340,000 square feet with 40 foot unobstructed ceiling heights, 330,000 square feet of support space such as factory workshops, cabinets, props, sets and building bays, and nine full-size production offices totaling 150,000 square feet.

Current status of 3131 Lake City Way:

Current condition of the future Bridge Studios Lake City site at 3131 Lake City Way, Burnaby. (Google Maps)

Future state of 3131 Lake City Way:

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Artist rendering of Bridge Studios Lake City at 3131 Lake City Way, Burnaby. (CTA Architecture & Design/Bridge Studios)

Two underground levels will provide 1,200 vehicle parking spaces to support the workforce scale and flexibility required for film and television production operations. This is in addition to 1 mile of dedicated movie truck parking space directly behind the sound stages.

Local developer Larco Investments owns Bridge Studios and acquired the Larco Way Way property in a deal worth $140 million in February 2020. In late 2021, Larco awarded a contract worth over $200 million to Bird Construction to build Bridge Studios Lake City.

Current status of 3131 Lake City Way:

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Current condition of the future Bridge Studios Lake City site at 3131 Lake City Way, Burnaby. (Google Maps)

Future state of 3131 Lake City Way:

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Artist rendering of Bridge Studios Lake City at 3131 Lake City Way, Burnaby. (CTA Architecture & Design/Bridge Studios)

It will be one of four Bridge Studios facilities in Burnaby, adding to their long-standing 10-acre existing facility at 3880 Henning Drive (located on Boundary Road off the Lougheed Highway). The existing facility has undergone major upgrades and expansions over the past few years and is expected to be further expanded in the near future.

In late 2021, the City of Burnaby selected Larco as the successful bidder to convert an 18.5-acre city-owned vacant lot at 3990 Marine Way in the Big Bend Industrial District into a film and television production studio. Larco acquired the property for $136 million.

Earlier this summer, Larco submitted its application to the city government to develop its newly acquired Big Bend property into a production campus with 16 sound stages, as well as production office, costume, mill, prop and of equipment. The total area of ​​the facility will be approximately 1.1 million square feet.

CTA Architecture & Design originated the design work for the recent Bridge Studios extensions and renovations to the Henning Drive campus, and future new campuses in Lake City and Big Bend.

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Artist rendering of Bridge Studios Lake City at 3131 Lake City Way, Burnaby. (CTA Architecture & Design/Bridge Studios)

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Artistic rendering of South Bridge Studios at 7705 Griffiths Drive, Burnaby. (Prism/Bridge Studios build)

Another future Bridge Studios facility is also planned for a five-acre site at 7705 Griffiths Drive, adjacent to SkyTrain’s Edmonds Maintenance Center. South Bridge Studios will be a smaller facility with four sound stages, plus offices and support space, in three buildings. In total, this campus – which will be achieved by demolishing the self-storage structures – will have a total area of ​​115,000 square feet.

Burnaby is already home to more than 60% of the purpose-built soundstages in British Columbia.

Metro Vancouver needs significant additional new soundstages to support the growing interest of Hollywood and streaming services to bring their film and television productions to the area. Without these spaces, local industry will lose more work and jobs to production hubs in California, Ontario, Georgia and New York.