Pinewood has been given the go-ahead for a major expansion of its studio complex which will double the number of big budget films it can house from two to four.
The project includes adding new stages and ‘streetscapes’ – street sets mimicking some of the most popular filming locations which allow filmmakers to shoot outdoors in controlled conditions.
Although the UK has long been a popular location for Hollywood films, Government tax breaks have drastically increased the number of movies being filmed here in recent years.
Titles filmed at Pinewood include Prometheus, Skyfall and Captain America: The First Avenger. The studio is also being used for the new Star Wars film which is currently shooting.
Permission for the expansion was given by Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles after being rejected by South Bucks District Council.
In a statement, Pinewood’s Chief Executive Ivan Dunleavy said: “As a result of today’s green light from the Secretary of State, thousands of much needed new jobs will be created in this growing sector of the economy.
“We want to begin construction as soon as possible. I’d like to thank colleagues both within and outside the industry, for the tremendous support they have given the project.”