Greystones Media Campus (GMC) is seeking planning permission to develop a 14-studio film and media campus in County Wicklow, Ireland.
The application for the near 50 acre site in Greystones includes film & TV sound stages, production facilities, workshops and ancillary accommodation, which would “more than double the stage capacity available to film, TV and media crews in Ireland”, according to a statement from GMC.
The project is being backed by the state-owned Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, Capwell — a subsidiary of construction company Sisk — and film producer Conor Harrington of Trinity Film and Media.
If approved by Wicklow County Council, the facility could deliver 1,500 jobs in the film, media and broadcasting sectors, as well as a further 580 jobs created during the construction phase.
“The Greystones Media Campus has the potential to be an exciting new chapter in the story of the Irish film industry and will lead to a wealth of new opportunities in the sector and across Wicklow,” enthused a GMC spokesperson. “It’s been clear for some time that, while Wicklow is the only county in Ireland to have two large-scale studios, the existing infrastructure needs to be supported and expanded if Irish productions are to compete internationally. In addition, the increasing demand for content from global companies such as Netflix, Amazon and Disney mean that the proposal for this new facility is extremely timely.”
This would be the third film and television production campus in the county, alongside Ardmore and Ashford studios.
A decision on the application is due in late August.