James Bond, Star Wars Studio Pinewood Sets $955 Million Expansion Plan
Pinewood’s James Bond and Star Wars Studio a $955 million
Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom, home of the Star Wars and James Bond film series as well as Disney and Marvel, has submitted a planning proposal for an enlarged screen hub.
Pinewood has filed proposals to Buckinghamshire Council for an extended Screen Hub concept of 1.4 million sq ft and a nature reserve after receiving planning approval in April for a screen industries growth hub known as Screen Hub U.K. and a film-inspired tourist attraction. The extended project is spread across two sites: “Alderbourne Farm” to the north and “Pinewood South” to the south of the studios.
Twenty additional sound stages, together with workshops and offices, would be built as part of the “Pinewood South” studios project on 82 acres of property to the south of the current studios. The £800 million ($955 million) plan is anticipated to boost economic output by over £640 million yearly and produce over 8,000 new jobs. The concepts include a business growth hub backed by Creative U.K. and Buckinghamshire Business First as well as an education and training hub that would be operated by the National Film and Television School.
The initiative will increase biodiversity by creating a 64-acre nature reserve on property to the north of the Alderbourne Farm studios. A new backlot and workshop complex built on the previous farm would also be delivered by the location.
The updated plan was developed in response to input from Pinewood Group’s clients, the larger industry, and the neighbourhood, the studio said, adding that it will assist to alleviate the UK’s studio space scarcity.
Once approval is obtained, Pinewood would have 50 sound stages thanks to the enlarged hub.
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