Pinewood plans expansion

Studio sets revamp for Project Pinewood

Pinewood Shepperton has revamped Project Pinewood, its £200 million ($359 million) plan to double the size of Pinewood Studios.

The proposal, as unveiled in November, envisaged a combination of homes, workplaces and permanent film sets on a 108-acre site. But after consulting local residents, the company has reduced the proposed number of homes from 2,250 to 1,500, shrinking the size of the development to leave 74 acres of open land.

Andrew Smith, Pinewood’s group director of corporate affairs, told local paper the Bucks Free Press: “We have listened to representations from the community, and we are now proposing to use about 32% of the land, instead of 100%. We’ve always had a good relationship with the community, and we want to maintain that.”

One addition to the plan is the proposal to set up a Screen Craft Academy in partnership with the Natl. Film and Television School, the U.K.’s leading film and TV industry training college. Courses in carpentry, painting, upholstery, costume and wardrobe, stunts, accounting and prop making would be offered on the site.

The project’s permanent sets will include New York’s Tribeca district, Venice’s Canale Grande, Berlin, Montmartre in Paris, San Francisco and New Orleans.

The final proposal will be submitted to local authorities by year-end.

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