Lights, camera, action on studio planning bid
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.
Star Wars (main), Harry Potter, James Bond and the Da Vinci Code are famous names associated with Pinewood Studios