Pinewood Studios receive green light for expansion

The British Film Commission welcomes today’s announcement that Government has granted planning permission for a £200m expansion of Pinewood Studios. The announcement, which comes at a particularly busy time for the UK film and television industry, demonstrates The Pinewood Studio Group’s continued commitment to meeting the growing demands for stage space in the UK.

The iconic studio, famous for hosting the Bond franchise, is currently home to Lucasfilm’s Star Wars 7 and will soon welcome the recently announced stand alone Star Wars feature to be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla).

Response to the decision

As the planning permission was granted, Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive of Pinewood Shepperton PLC commented: “Our project builds on the success of the Government’s policy for the creative industries and addresses the shortage of stage space in the UK. As a result of today’s green light from the Secretary of State, thousands of much needed new jobs will be created in this growing sector of the economy. We want to begin construction as soon as possible. I’d like to thank colleagues both within and outside the industry, for the tremendous support they have given the project.”

Chief Executive of the British Film Commission and Film London, Adrian Wootton added: “This news is hugely positive on several levels. Not only does it address the UK’s growing need for stage space, and adds significant value to the UK’s offer to domestic and international film and television producers, but it also demonstrates the Government’s continued recognition of the importance of the UK’s Creative Industries in terms of job generation and inward investment.”

New stage space for the UK

The expansion will mean doubling the existing studios by an additional 100,000 sqm, which will include new stages, workshops and production offices.

The news of Pinewood’s expansion follows announcements earlier in the year of plans to expand Northern Ireland’s Titanic Studios, home of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and a multi-million pound redevelopment of Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, home of the original Star Wars trilogy.