Magazine article Screen International

Ireland’s Ardmore Studios Plans Major Expansion

Magazine article Screen International

Ireland’s Ardmore Studios Plans Major Expansion

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When complete, Ardmore Studios will have over 140,000 sq ft of sound stages and 160,000 sq ft of support buildings.

Ireland’s Ardmore Studios, located in Bray, County Wicklow, is to construct three new sound stages to increase production capacity in the future.

Planning permission is being sought for two new 26,000 sq ft sound stages, as well as ancillary buildings for production offices, costume, hair and make-up, stores and props areas. In addition, construction has already started on a 22,000 sq ft sound stage space, which previously secured planning permission, alongside a 22,000 sq ft building for support space, and a below-ground car park.

When complete, Ardmore Studios will have over 140,000 sq ft of sound stages and 160,000 sq ft of support buildings.

Over the past number of years, the studio has been operating to full capacity. CEO Siún Ní Raghallaigh says that increased capacity, along with the Troy Studios facility in the mid-western city of Limerick, will enable Ireland to attract further high-end TV series and film production.

High-profile projects currently attached to Ardmore include Ridley Scott’s forthcoming feature The Last Duel, set to film in Ireland over the coming months with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Adam Driver to star. Previous projects to shoot at Ardmore since it was established 62 years ago include Braveheart, Excalibur, The Tudors and Penny Dreadful. …

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