To celebrate Christmas and our last newsletter of 2009, we thought we would have our own Christmas chart! You can forget X-Factor and the annual battle for the Christmas number one, the chart that really counts is our very own top ten locations of 2009!
So carry on reading to see what locations made it into our chart and of course we unveil the Unitbase number one location of 2009!Christmas Chart: No. 10 – Wood Wharf
Wood Wharf is a relatively new location on our database, only being available since the summer! However during the last 6 months the location has been very popular, with a range of options and great parking on site. Not to mention the great views of Canary Wharf!
Christmas Chart: No. 9 – Southeastern Trains
At number 9, is the Southeastern train network. A very film friendly operator, who over the last year have enjoyed hosting such productions as Spooks and Ashes to Ashes, both of which used Waterloo East and various train carriages.
Christmas Chart: No. 8 – Camden Lock
A London landmark makes it into our chart at number 8, the one and only Camden Lock! The British Waterways owned location has been represented by Unitbase.co.uk for a number of years now and in 2009 the location was no less popular, featuring in commercials for Microsoft and Ben Sherman.
Christmas Chart: No. 7 – West India Quay
Another British Waterways location makes it into the top ten, with West India Quay. An incredibly popular location with all types of productions. This year it can be seen in the Christmas commercial for Marks and Spencer. The production, featuring Myleene Klass, constructed an ice rink on the quay side and shot for the stunning Canary Wharf backdrop.
Christmas Chart: No. 6 – Bentley Priory
Just outside the top 5 is Bentley Priory. This location has had a popular last few months with Holby City and Eastenders both utilising the great locations that are on offer here. Eastenders actually spent a week at the location and used the grand Officers Mess to its full extent.
Christmas Chart: No. 5 – Grand Union Canal
Starting us off in the top 5 is the Grand Union Canal. Here were feature the beautiful Little Venice area, which is actually where the Grand Union Canal meets the Regents Canal. Popular productions such as Criminal Justice and Secret Diary of a Call Girl, have both used great locations along the Grand Union Canal.
Christmas Chart: No. 4 – Regents Canal
British Waterways has been popular this year and at number 4 is the Regents Canal and is the last showing for our waterside locations. Just piping the Grand Union canal by tallying just one more booking, the Regents Canal has been popular especially in East London around Broadway Market. Feature films such as Harry Brown and Chatroom, have both utilised the unique backdrops that the Regents Canal provides.
Christmas Chart: No. 3 – Brent Cross
We are now getting the serious end of the chart now and at number 3 is Brent Cross Shopping Centre. Brent Cross has been a consistently popular filming location and we are very proud to have it on our books! With a great film friendly management staff, filming at the centre has, and will continue to be a pleasure for all productions.
Christmas Chart: No. 2 – Southern Railway
What a popular year for Southern Railway! Finding its way to number 2 in our Christmas countdown, so many productions have used their trains and platforms. One of the more high profile shoots on the Southern Railway network was the Woody Allen Summer project. The production hired two carriages and spent the day going to a fro, between London and Brighton.
Christmas Chart: No. 1 – Inglis Barracks
And finally…at number 1, is the fantastic Inglis Barracks! 2009 has been another great year for the site, with many productions utilising its production offices and set build spaces. If you have not seen this place yet, then you should come and see it in 2010, we will be happy to show you around. PLus, we are pretty confident that it will have something for everyone! Its a cracker!
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