Bedford Timber supplies material to help towards the ambition of building the world’s most sustainable TV and Film studio – which will create more than 2,000 jobs
Family-run, Bedford-based company, Bedford Timber Supplies, has been selected by construction company BAM to supply building materials to help towards the ambition of creating the world’s most sustainable TV and Film studio.
The company’s Bedford depot, based in Cauldwell Walk, Bedford, has been providing BAM – who were appointed by Legal & General, Sky and NBCUniversal to create the new Sky Studios Elstree – with timber and other building materials for formwork since November last year.
BAM – a customer of Bedford Timbers since 2018 – will optimise the design for sustainability, including sourcing materials that are local and low carbon.
Gavin Lines, Bedford Timber’s Bedford Depot Manager, said: “This is a really exciting project for us to be involved in. As a timber supplier, sustainability is extremely important to us, and seeing our materials used in this ambitious plan is fantastic.
“The fact that it’s going to create so many jobs, as well as supporting local suppliers like us, is an added bonus. It is just the sort of boost our economy needs.
“We have worked with BAM since 2018, and their work is always outstanding. We can’t wait to see the finished studio.”
Sky Studios Elstree will use solar energy where possible to generate a percentage of energy on site, everything else will use renewable electricity. There will also be a complete ban on single use plastic, electric vehicles for logistics, LED lighting and rainwater will be harvested for use on site.
Creating more than 2,000 new jobs
Overall, it is expected that Sky Studios Elstree will lead to the creation of over 2,000 jobs in the local area, including 900 during the construction phase and 1,500 once the studio is operational.
Bedford Timber Supplies’ Managing Director Roger Lines said: “As a local employer for more than 30 years, with 50 staff members across two sites, we know how important the local economy is to job creation.
“We have seen the effect the last year has had on employment figures across the country. So, to be working on a project that is creating so many local jobs is great.”