£110m Dagenham film studio complex approved

Aaron Morby 2 years ago
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Plans for new Hollywood-style film studios in Dagenham, east London, have been approved by councillors.

Architect PRP designed the Made in Dagenham scheme
Architect PRP designed the Made in Dagenham scheme

The £110m proposals include sound stages and workshops on a 22-acre former Sanofi pharmaceutical factory site in Dagenham East.

Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s pioneering regeneration company, is presently in talks to find a development partner following the withdrawal last year of Pacific Ventures, which pulled out over Brexit uncertainty.

The regeneration body is aiming to secure a joint venture agreement, a land sale or for Be First to build the studios and lease the site to an interested party.

Pat Hayes, Managing Director of Be First said: “We’ve had a great deal of interest in the site and with planning permission secured the interest will intensify.

“With the ever-growing demand for studio space in the UK, we’re in a very good position to take this project forward.”

 

Film studios plan


  • six sound stages totalling 140,000 sq ft
  • flexible accommodation adjacent to the sound stages for uses such as production offices, hair and makeup or dressing rooms
  • conversion of two existing buildings into workshops for set construction
  • a landmark office building for the pre and post production
  • key sustainability measures, including green roofs

 

Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council hailed the planing decision last night as ‘momentous’.

He said: “This is a huge decision for the borough. It gives the green light to what will be London’s largest film studios, so it’s a major milestone in the renewal of a part of London badly hit by de-industrialisation and austerity.

“So, where once Dagenham was known for Ford’s and factories, we will be making films and a new bright new future for our borough and its residents.”

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