Magazine article Screen International

Dagenham East Film Studio Plans Backed by New Study

Magazine article Screen International

Dagenham East Film Studio Plans Backed by New Study

Article excerpt

Sadiq Khan previously backed plans for new studio.

A CGI mock-up of how the facility could look.

A newly-published study has backed the proposal for the building of a major film studio in London’s Dagenham East.

The proposed studio, which would be the capital’s largest facility, was previously backed by London mayor Sadiq Khan last year.

Commissioned by the mayor along with Film London, the London Local Enterprise Panel and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, the study cites Dagenham East as an appropriate location for such a facility.

The key findings were:

* Demand: Due to the city’s world-class skills, locations, crews and expertise, demand for studio space has never been higher. The value of feature film production spend in the UK in 2016 was £1.6billion, an all-time record. The large majority of this was associated with inward investment feature films, most of which are big-budget US-financed pictures. Much of this growth is focused on studios in and around London.

* Capacity: Trends in the film and TV markets currently favour large, permanent studio spaces. Big-budget productions typically look for at least 125,000 square footage of stages, which this study demonstrates Dagenham East can accommodate. Other successful UK film studios are planning expansions but will not meet growing demand on their own, with modelling suggesting that the UK could need a further 800,000 square feet to 1. …

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