The Bottle Yard Studios (TBYS) will get new roofs, production offices and IT infrastructure after Bristol City Council agreed to invest £692,000 in the production facility.

The move follows the council’s decision to change the status of TBYS from a temporary user of the site to a ‘going concern’.

Fiona Francombe, site director of TBYS, said the investment would be used for “essential site improvements that will help us maintain our reputation as a highly competitive studio space, capable of attracting the best in UK film and television production to Bristol”.

She said: “The funds will pay for new roofs on three of the Studios’ Tank House buildings, which house our main studio stages.

“Once these are in place we will work with the Council’s Energy team to install new solar panels that will reduce our future electricity costs.

“We will transform redundant areas of the site into new office facilities to be hired out to the production community, generating further income for the site.

“We will also install new IT infrastructure to enable Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which will be rechargeable to our business tenants.

Francombe pointed out that as TBYS is a Bristol City Council project revenue generated by the studios is invested back into site running costs and maintenance.

She added: “Since opening our doors in 2010 we have achieved year-on-year growth whilst remaining cost-neutral to the Bristol taxpayer.

“We’re proud to have created a thriving production base with eight stages, offices and workshops, where there were previously disused warehouses. We are unable to seek private investment from elsewhere and therefore delighted that Bristol City Council has further endorsed us with this investment.”

Recent productions to shoot at TBYS include BBC1 drama Poldark.