Massive expansion plans approved for the UK's iconic Pinewood Studios

The development will make Pinewood the largest studio complex in the world

By Nia Daniels 17 Feb 2023

Massive expansion plans approved for the UK's iconic Pinewood Studios
Enola Holmes, filmed at Pinewood, via Legendary

The expansion plan for the UK's Pinewood Studios is now set to go ahead after Buckinghamshire Council approved the submission.  

The 1.4m sq ft expansion comprises 21 new purpose-built sound stages, a backlot filming space, education and training hub and a publicly-accessible nature reserve. 

The large-scale development will create more than 8,000 new jobs and is expected to raise £640 million a year for the UK economy. Once the work is complete, Pinewood Studios will be the biggest studio complex in the world, with a total of 51 purpose-built stages.

The planning consent will also deliver a 63-acre nature reserve at Alderbourne Farm, north of the existing studio site. The publicly-accessible community asset will protect existing habitats and enhance local biodiversity, as well as provide new footpaths. 

Pinewood Group corporate affairs director Andrew M Smith said: “We’re delighted Buckinghamshire Council has approved our plans for the expansion of Pinewood Studios and new nature reserve at Alderbourne Farm. 

“This development will provide invaluable resources to the British film and TV sector, consolidate Pinewood’s status as the UK’s leading production site, deliver significant benefits to our local community and encourage new talent to join the industry.”

Pinewood image via Pinewood Studios
Enola Holmes image via Legendary

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