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Sky announces plans for new studios complex

Mon 27th January 2020, 10:40 am

Broadcaster Sky has announced plans for a major new studios complex in Hertfordshire in a significant boost for the British creative sector.

The company has selected a 32-acre site near the world-famous film and TV studios in Elstree for its new base, which will generate more than 2,000 new jobs and an estimated £3bn investment in the creative economy over five years.

Sky Studios Elstree is planned to have 14 stages and cutting-edge technology, in joint plans for partners NBCUniversal, parent company Comcast, and financial backer Legal & General.

Subject to planning permission being granted, the new studios are expected to open in 2022 and will play host to major film projects from Universal Pictures, Focus Features and Working Title, as well as the production of television shows from NBCUniversal Content Studios.

The site will include production offices, a set construction workshop, a screening cinema and state-of-the-art post-production and digital facilities. Under the plans, Sky has also included a commitment to supporting the next generation of young and diverse creative talent from across Europe, with more space for its own in-house development as well as working with a range of independent production companies.

Jeremy Darroch, group chief executive at Sky, said: “Sky Studios Elstree will play a pivotal role in bringing the wealth of UK and European talent and creativity to the world. Together we share a joint vision to create a world-leading production capability that will support the creation of thousands of jobs in the creative sector. We can’t wait to get started.” 

Designs for the new studios are being finalised, with a formal planning application expected in the spring. Sky is expecting to working close collaboration with Elstree Studios, which also calls the borough of Hertsmere its home.

Sajida Bijle, interim managing director of Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “This presents a fantastic opportunity to strengthen our creative industries in Hertsmere and build on our proud film and television heritage in the Borough.

"This scheme would bring significant employment opportunities to the region and put Elstree firmly on the global stage, whilst further enhancing our local film tourism. There will be opportunities for people to see the plans and to comment on the proposals once a formal planning application is submitted.”

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