Birmingham's premier film studio space is near the Jewellery Quarter, founded and operated by MPL (Marklew Productions Ltd.) This studio was created and hand-built by team members Kieran, Jonny and Craig in 2019. Since then, the space has been home to many studio projects ranging from film and TV production through to music videos and commercial shoots.
Through working along side Marklew Productions Ltd we also have a huge range of professional lighting and equipment hire available as well as experienced technicians and runners.
We are excited about the future of this studio which is sustainably built to serve the industry for many years to come. You can read up on our sustainability policies below and scroll down to read more about the history of this site where we are located and find out some more about our team.
The studio is situated in the historic area of Hockley in 'Hockley Port Business Centre'.
The building is over 160 years old and was once used as part of the goods depot for Hockley Station, used for conducting repairs on trains passing through Hockley Station (images below).
The studio building was later used to house plant and machinery workshops and was also the location for the water tank that supplied water for all GWR facilities from Tyesley to Soho, pumping water up from the artesian well.
The image shows Hockley's two-road wagon hoist (located directly at the back of the studio building). The hoist was used as an interchange facility to connect with Birmingham's extensive canal system. Due to the canal wharf being at a higher level the GWR installed the two-road wagon hoist seen above to facilitate transfer. Initially the hoist was hydraulically powered but it was later converted to be electrically powered as were the powered capstans for moving the wagons through the tunnel beneath All Saints Street. The canal hoist was still extensively used in the 1950s until the canal trade declined rapidly, as did later rail traffic, both due to competition from road transport.
Information and images ref: https://warwickshirerailways.com/