James Bond and Star Wars Studio Pinewood set out $955 million expansion plan
UK-based Pinewood Studios, home to the James Bond and Star Wars franchises and Disney and Marvel, have submitted a planning application for an expanded screen hub.
After securing planning permission in April for a screen industries growth center known as Screen Hub UK and a film-inspired tourist attraction, Pinewood has submitted plans for an expanded Screen Hub scheme of 1 .4 million square feet and a nature reserve at Buckinghamshire Council. The expanded program is located at two sites; land south of studios called ‘Pinewood South’ and ‘Alderbourne Farm’ to the north.
The “Pinewood South” studio program would provide 20 new soundstages with workshops and offices on 82 acres of land south of the existing studios. It is estimated that the £800m ($955m) scheme will create more than 8,000 new jobs and add around £640m a year to economic productivity. The proposals include an education and training center to be run by the National Film and Television School and a business growth center supported by Creative UK and Buckinghamshire Business First.
A 64-acre nature reserve on land north of Alderbourne Farm Studios will be part of the development’s biodiversity gains. The site would also offer a new backlot and workshop complex based on the old farm buildings.
The revised program is the result of feedback from Pinewood Group customers, the wider industry and the local community, the studio said, adding it would help address the shortage of studio space in the UK. United.
Once permission is granted, the expanded hub would bring the number of sound stages at Pinewood to 50.