The Times reported last year that the UK is set to have more studio space than LA by 2024. With this in mind, and after hearing about so many talented UK film technicians struggling financially these past 6 months with very little work - surely isn’t 2024/25 going to be a crazy busy year again?
I did a bit of research into this and it’s frankly quite astonishing how much Studio expansion is actually going on.
Here’s a mention of just a few...
Broxborne in Herfortforshire is currently finishing Sunset Studios just off the M25. 700M project planned to have 60 stages due to finish by 2025
Buckinghamshire is finishing off the new Wycombe Studios which plans to have 8 sound stages
Berkshire has the new Shinfield Studios just off the M4 with 16 new Sound Stages
There is the new Sky Studios in Elstree
Dagenham in East London has got the new Eastbrook Studios with 12 sound stages and a 3 acre backlot.
Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire has the new Bovingdon Airfield Studios with 4 new giant stages
The town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire is awaiting planning permission for start building the
new Marlow Film Studios
Ashford in Kent is building the new Ashford International Studios with 4 sound Stages to be completed by 2025
West London Studios is building another 4 stages across the road
Bray Studios now has 5 Stages
Birmingham has started to build a huge new studio film complex called Digbeth Locations Studios
A place called Stewartby in Bedfordshire (not too far north of Luton) is planning to build the largest new film studios in the UK by 2025
Leavsden wants to build another 11 new sound stages
Pinewood wants to develop another 21 along with us already having Shepperton, Elstree, Ealing and Longcross.
Plus lots more major development happening up north in places like Sunderland, Liverpool and
Scotland and also over in Wales.
Links to a few of the references - listed below
The above piece was researched and written by 1st AD, Jude Campbell.