Updated Statement from Aardman MD Sean Clarke
We’re very happy to be in a position to restart production on The Epic Adventures of Morph from the studio at our Gas Ferry Road site.
Before reopening the studio, we conducted a thorough risk assessment and implemented a set of protocols to protect the health and safety of staff and their families, in line with guidance from the government, HSE (Health & Safety Executive), PHE (Public Health England) and industry bodies.
The protocols were developed in consultation with the crew involved and have two main objectives: to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 entering the site and to implement social distancing to the greatest extent possible. Measures introduced include – but are by no means limited to – daily temperature checks before entering the site; increasing unit sizes to allow the crew to attend briefings while staying 2m apart; cleaning equipment and instructions for the crew to wipe down workspaces during and at the end of the day; new sign-in processes; and introducing a one-way system in the corridors. PPE will not be mandatory, except for circumstances in which social distancing can’t be adhered to, but gloves, masks and visors will be available for anyone who would like to wear them.
All production crew will be asked to sign a Studio Protection Declaration and will need to respond to a daily text before entering the site. Only essential members of the crew will be working on site while everyone else will continue to work from home.
I’d like to thank every single Aardman employee for the creativity, flexibility and resilience they’ve shown at this time. It’s thanks to the collective efforts and resourcefulness of our brilliant people that we’re able to take this step. I look forward to us doing the same at our Aztec West site, where we are currently going through the same process.
Update: As of 29th June, production at our Aztec West site has also restarted, using the same protocols and in line with guidance from the government, HSE (Health & Safety Executive), PHE (Public Health England) and industry bodies.
We’re delighted to be in this position, with both studios up and running and making productions that we hope fans will love. It will be a while before Aardman HQ is back to normal, as everyone bar essential crew members continues to work from home, but it’s a great feeling knowing that Aardman magic is taking place at both studios once again.