Lights, cam­era, ac­tion on stu­dio plan­ning bid

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE world-fa­mous Pinewood Stu­dios has re­ceived ini­tial per­mis­sion for the sec­ond phase of its ex­pan­sion in Iver Heath. The stu­dios, in Pinewood Road, sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to South Bucks District Coun­cil on April 21. The doc­u­ment, sub­mit­ted un­der ‘re­served mat­ters’, has re­ceived out­line plan­ning per­mis­sion for a va­ri­ety of new build­ings. They in­clude three work­shop build­ings, an of­fice block, three sound stages, park­ing, road­ways, ac­cess and land­scap­ing. Andrew Smith, Pinewood Group’ s cor­po­rate af­fairs di­rec­tor, said the next stage of ex­pan­sion would strengthen the fa­mous stu­dios.

“Pinewood is a cen­tre of film­mak­ing ex­cel­lence,” said Mr Smith. “The lat­est phase of ex­pan­sion builds upon that suc­cess and will fur­ther en­hance Pinewood’s rep­u­ta­tion as an in­ter­na­tional screen clus­ter.”

Five sound stages and sup­port­ing work­shops and of­fice space were built in the first phase of de­vel­op­ment, in June.

Pinewood, Shep­per­ton and Pinewood Stu­dio Wales is made up of 40 dif­fer­ent stages.

They in­clude the 59,000 sq ft 007 stage, an un­der­wa­ter film­ing stage and one of the largest ex­te­rior tanks in Europe.

HARRY POT­TER BY JAAP BUITENDIJK, DA VINCI CODE BY SI­MON MEIN

Star Wars (main), Harry Pot­ter, James Bond and the Da Vinci Code are fa­mous names associated with Pinewood Stu­dios

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