UK’s Sunset Studios plans 21 sound stages with billion dollar investment

Sunset Studios’ first UK location intends to offer twenty-one sound stages, 9 workshops, 7 production staff, a daycare center and a gym, planning documents reveal.

The film and television studio, which is a co-development by Sunset Studios owners Hudson Pacific Properties and private equity firm Blackstone Group, is being built in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. Hudson Pacific and Blackstone bought the 91-acre site, about an hour’s drive from central London, for £120 million ($167 million). The site is now set to become one of the largest film and media complexes in the UK.

Now, documents submitted to the local council by planning and development consultants CBRE show the full vision for Sunset Studios, which will be Hudson Pacific’s first international expansion.

Planning documents show Sunset Studios hopes to demolish existing structures on the site, which include a former dairy and car shop, and build 21 sound stages, nine workshops, 7 production offices and staff facilities, including a gym, daycare and food. Hall.

There are also plans to create a 30,000 square meter backlot, 2 multi-storey car parks and substantial open space which will include landscaped areas and a pond, as well as a mobility center accommodating a bus stop, taxis, limo drop-off and pickup, electric strollers for use on site, electric car charging and valet parking.

At the same time, certain protected (listed) buildings on the site will be restored and put back into service.

Sunset Studios, which in the US has hosted productions such as ‘La La Land’ and ‘When Harry Met Sally’, said the UK space would create more than 4,500 jobs for Broxbourne and inject more than 300 million pounds ($417 million) per year. in the local economy.

“The proposed development will be fundamental to ensuring that the UK responds to the opportunity to become the world leader in high-end film and television production over the next few years,” CBRE director Hannah Blunstone writes. planning request. “With the development there is also an opportunity to bring the listed buildings on the site back into use and provide many social, economic and environmental benefits to the Borough of Broxbourne and the wider region, including employment opportunities , the creation of new open public spaces. and significant foreign investment in local businesses and infrastructure.

Erik Thoreen, Senior Vice President UK for Hudson Pacific Properties, said: “We are delighted that after months of extensive work with the local planning authority and engagement with the local community, we are submitting our planning application to Broxbourne Borough Council. This campus will be one of the largest and highest quality film and television studio complexes in the UK and will bring economic benefits to the community for decades.

James Seppala, Head of Blackstone Real Estate Europe, said: “This is a big step forward in our plans to bring world-class film and television production to Broxbourne. We are delighted with the prospects for local job creation and economic growth that this campus will bring, and look forward to working with Broxbourne Borough Council and all stakeholders to make this exciting plan a reality.

Local residents will have an opportunity to respond to the planning application, after which the council’s planning committee will make a decision on the plans.

The UK is currently experiencing a boom in high-end film and TV production, with a proliferation of new studios opening across the country, including Sky Studios at Elstree.

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