At 3 Mills Studios, we are committed to promoting the best sustainability practices, and creating real change within the industry. We believe there is a sustainability revolution, and 3 Mills wants to be at the forefront, helping to deliver meaningful change for our planet and people.

We believe that everyone has a duty of care when it comes to protecting the environment, air, water, vegetation and wildlife, and so as proud partners of the Albert Studio Sustainability Standard, we have been able to establish our current sustainability benchmark, and constantly strive for improved scores.

We recognise that productions can be complex, but by following simple guidelines, we can help to protect the environment and each other.

How 3 Mills Studios is working towards sustainability

The Studios:

3 Mills has some existing features that worked in our favour when it comes to considering sustainability. We’ve had to build very little to create our iconic production destination – our sound stages and office blocks are converted spaces from the site’s Gin Distillery days.

We encourage everyone to travel by public transport, where possible, especially as we are so well connected. The ideally situated Bromley-by-Bow tube station is a five-minute walk away, Stratford tube station is less than a ten-minute cycle away, and Stratford International Station is only a ten-minute drive away. We also have plenty of buses and the DLR connecting us directly with the rest of London. We’re a dream destination for productions looking to cut their carbon footprint and rely more on public transport. We also have a large number of sheltered bicycle stands on site for those looking to enjoy a bike ride along the canal into work.

We are contracted with a 100% renewable energy provider, have a zero waste to landfill policy, and we are committed to zero single use plastic on site.

Being based in industrial East London, we are fortunate to be surrounded by lush green spaces and canals. Following this, we have vastly increased our biodiverse green spaces with wildflower planting and installing ‘Buggingham Palace’ and many bird houses.

All further 3 Mills construction projects on site will use FSC/PEFC or SFI Timber Certified wood. Where possible, locally used sustainable materials are used, and local businesses used.

We are proud to have participated in the BAFTA albert Studio Sustainability Standard since its first iteration last year and look forward to continuing our work with them.

Future Plans:

Future plans for the site include increasing power supply to the stages and installing external distribution boards in the unit base areas – plans which have currently been greenlit. This will greatly reduce the need for any generators on site.

We are currently changing all our house lights to energy saving LED lights, and replacing old meters with smart digital meters to reduce overall electricity usage. We also want to be 100% electric, and so we’re in the process of removing the final few gas boilers from site.

We are looking into providing sustainability training and training some staff members into mental health first aiders through accredited schemes.

We are also working on a digital upgrade, to provide faster in-house broadband speeds, at much cheaper costs.