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Pinewood updates expansion plans to include more studio space

Studio said it had listened to feedback from its customers and the market

Pinewood Studios is updating its plans for expansion in order to meet the demand for production space in the UK.

Last year the company announced plans for a new £450 million screen industries growth hub, known as Centre Stage, based on a new 77-acre site at the iconic complex.

The expansion was expected to include new sound stages as well as a skills and training hub operated by the National Film and Television School. The plan also included a business growth hub and a major film inspired visitor attraction.

Having received planning permission earlier this month, Pinewood said it is now revising its plans to include more studio space following feedback from its customers, the market and the local community.

It intends to submit a new proposal which provides more studio space, carries forward Centre Stage and holds the visitor attraction as an option.

Pinewood also wants to create a backlot with supporting workshop buildings, landscaping and associated parking on part of Alderbourne Farm land owned by the Studios. The scheme also includes a proposal for the majority of the land at the farm to be used for the creation of a nature reserve with public access.

Speaking about the new development, Pinewood Studios Chairman Paul Golding said: “We have listened to the feedback regarding development at Pinewood Studios and the need for further studio space. We are looking at how our plans can evolve to deliver this with improved benefits for the community and our customers.

“We will invite the local community to share their views with us on the emerging ideas and how all the benefits of the permitted Screen Hub UK scheme can be retained to continue to strengthen UK film and bring much needed jobs, skills and spending as well as local ecological benefits. We hope our planning applications will receive widespread support.”

The announcement follows a report by Knight Frank which warns that the UK needs another 6 million sq ft of production space by 2026 if it is to keep up with demand.