Pinewood Studios gets local approval for first phase of development plan
Pinewood Studios has been granted approval by a local authority for the first phase of its major new development plan. Initial work on the Pinewood Studios Development Framework will start in early 2015.
Pinewood is the UK’s flagship studio facility and had a strong 2014, recently reporting a 15% profit increase in the six months up to the end of September.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens wrapped at the studio a few weeks ago and Star Wars 8, a standalone feature in the franchise, will be based at the facility in 2015. The Avengers: Age of Ultron was the biggest production to film at Shepperton this year.
New James Bond movie Spectre is currently based at Pinewood, following a media event earlier this month announcing the main cast and movie title.
All of London’s biggest studio facilities are currently under pressure to expand, as the combination of the UK’s generous filming incentives and world-class crews and infrastructure makes the capital one of the world’s main production hubs.
Five new sound stages and ten workshops will be part of the first stage of development.
Productions coming to London are increasingly creating their own studio space in vacant industrial buildings as a flexible and cost-effective alternative to the purpose-built facilities.
Pinewood is also set to open a new studio facility in Cardiff, while Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios has only been open a short time but has already hosted the major Netflix drama series Marco Polo.
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