Plans for the new Belfast Harbour Studios are set to be unveiled at the Northern Ireland Screen luncheon on Saturday in Cannes.
Set across more than 340 acres, the new studio facility in the Northern Irish capital will offer 64,000 square feet of studio space plus workshops and extensive office space.
Two new sound-stages sit at 32,000 square feet each, capable of integrating into a combined single use space with an eaves height of approximately 61 feet. The site includes two additional workshops of 11,000 square feet each and 36,000 square feet of purpose-built high-quality production offices.
The facility will incorporate a high-performance acoustic envelope, high-level walkways and rigging gantries and a controllable internal environment to suit the full spectrum of film production uses.
Work has already commenced on the site at Belfast’s Giant’s Park and it is expected that the studios, which have been funded with £20 million ($28.7 million) worth of investment from Belfast Harbour, will open its doors in late 2016.
The latest addition to Northern Ireland’s studios portfolio further boosts the region’s credentials for housing high-end film and television production. While HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was one of the earlier adopters that caught onto the benefits of lensing in Northern Ireland, pics such as Universal’s “Dracula Untold,” Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” and Ridley-Scott produced “The Lost City of Z” have all recently shot in the territory.