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Old November 15th, 2007, 05:32 PM   #1
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Project Pinewood

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/mai...bcnpine115.xml

Pinewood's £200m plan to rival Hollywood
By Angela Monaghan
Last Updated: 3:29pm GMT 15/11/2007

Pinewood Shepperton, the British film and television studio owner, is set for a £200m expansion which it hopes will create a rival to Hollywood in south-east England.

Pinewood plans to create a state-of-the-art facility incorporating 18 to 20 typical film set scenes such as downtown New York, a Venetian canal, a Parisien boulevard, or Lake Como in Italy.

The company hopes the variety of different 'locations' within the 100-acre site will appeal to film makers as a way of saving time and money on overseas shoots, and could be a boost to the British film industry.

"Project Pinewood will allow directors to move from Lake Como to New York in one afternoon, with all the most sophisticated equipment and specialist personnel in place and ready to use," the company said.

An aerial view of what the £200m Project Pinewood could look like

Pinewood intends to submit a planning application for Project Pinewood to be built next to the existing studios on a green belt site in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire next year.

The plans include the creation of more than 2000 new homes and other community facilities.

Work on the project has so far been funded by the company, which said it would consider the "most appropriate method of financing," should it proceed, which would include a joint venture with a property developer.

Pinewood conceded could take a long time to push through planning permission for the project, given the site is located on green belt land.

Ivan Dunleavy, chief executive of Pinewood Shepperton said: "Project Pinewood is consistent with the company's strategy, and in particular the aim to grow its media park. We expect it to become an important additional incentive to bring global customers to the UK.

"Although still in its early stages and subject to planning approvals, the project has the potential to create significant value, while minimising risks to our shareholders."

The company is now working on a masterplan for the site, designed by architect James Burland, whose work includes the Commonwealth Stadium in Manchester, now home to Manchester City Football Club.

Pinewood's studios have been used to shoot television and films for the last 70 years, including recent blockbusters The Bourne Ultimatum starring Matt Damon, Casino Royale and 28 Weeks Later.

The UK television quiz show, The Weakest Link, and comedy series My Family are also filmed at the existing studio.


An aerial view of what the £200m Project Pinewood could look like

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How cool is this!!!

Not only are these buildings going to be convenient door-step location stages, but they're also going to be lived in. Kind of reminds me of the film Westworld, where you could go on holiday to a wild west town or a Roman villa or a medieval castle, except there the people were robots, at Pinewood they'll be real. 420 of the homes will be affordable.
And another great thought strikes me - if it's that simple to recreate Paris and wherever like this, why don't we just bloody do it over all the scummy bits of London. Could be a tourist attraction too...
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This was refused planning permission last month
http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/n...nanimous_vote/

Pinewood officials did say that they would go to appeal - there are rumours that if they are unsuccesful then a move to the Midlands is on the cards, the Longbridge site - which is certainly large enough! This could well just be a bargaining tool, threaten to move Pinewood lock, stock and barrel if permission to expand is not granted.

If this does not go ahead it would be a great loss to the British film industry and is of national importance.

Coincidentally, one of the local councillors that refused permission owns a house which backs onto this field...
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Just saw this on ITV news tonight. I realy hope they build this. It is a fantastic project.
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Pinewood Studios' £200m expansion plans to be submitted today



The submission of a new planning application for a £200million expansion of Pinewood Studios has been announced.
Pinewood Shepperton plc will today be submitting a planning application to South Bucks District Council for the expansion of the Iver Heath film 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 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 studios by adding a total of 100,000 square metres of new facilities, including studios and stages, workshops, production offices and streetscapes for filming.
Ivan Dunleavy, chief executive of Pinewood Shepperton plc, said: "This is a critical opportunity for the creative industries and particularly for the UK film industry.
"Global demand for filmed entertainment is increasing.
"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."
Film director Danny Boyle said: "If we are, as a country, to capitalise on our film heritage then we need state of the art facilities like those which Pinewood is proposing to both attract major Hollywood films and nurture and bring on the next generation of young independent British film makers."
Campaigners rallied against a previous planning application - Project Pinewood - which included building hundreds of new homes and multi-storey street scenes of Paris, London, New York, on greenbelt land next to the film studios in Pinewood Road.
Visit www.pinewoodgroup.com/pinewoodexpansion for more information.
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