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£200m expansion for Pinewood Studios

1 February 2013
£200m expansion for Pinewood Studios

Pinewood Shepperton has today submitted a planning application to South Bucks District Council for the expansion of Pinewood Studios, called the Pinewood Studios Development Framework (PSDF). This follows extensive consultation with a wide range of local and national stakeholders, as well as with producers and developers of creative content. The PSDF is a scheme of national importance designed to address increasing global demand for capacity in the UK and deliver growth for the next 15-20 years. It comprises a substantial expansion of the existing Pinewood Studios by adding a total of 100,000 square metres of new facilities, including studios and stages, workshops, production offices and streetscapes for filming. Once complete, this would make a major contribution to achieving Government priority objectives to grow the UK’s creative industries, promote growth and create new jobs.  The proposals will enable the Company to capture increasing international demand for studio facilities and respond to rising competition from outside the UK. Ivan Dunleavy, chief executive, Pinewood Shepperton said: “This is a critical opportunity for the creative industries and particularly for the UK film industry. Global demand for filmed entertainment is increasing and the UK remains one of the leading destinations to produce creative content. We have the talent and skills and the Government has expressed its commitment to the industry through the various tax reliefs now available. Without infrastructure to meet the rising demand, the UK will inevitably turn away business. Pinewood Studios, the UK film industry and UK plc cannot afford to allow this to happen.” Amanda Nevill, chief executive, British Film Institute said: “Pinewood remains one of the key building blocks of the UK film industry and there are many other smaller companies working in the creative industries today that depend on the films it attracts for their own growth. The capacity of the studios in the UK to respond to opportunities is key to the on-going success of British film. In order to secure inward investment and help develop and nurture the next generation of home grown talent, the BFI supports Pinewood’s ambitions to expand and invest”

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