Pinewood Group has announcing its decision to further expand the iconic Shepperton Studios, in Surrey, United Kingdom. This decision means the expansion will now total approximately, 1 million sq ft of new production accommodation, and comprise 17 sound stages.
Pinewood also announced that it has agreed a long-term contract with Netflix to double the size of its existing production hub at Shepperton Studios. This new contract reinforces Netflix’s commitment to Shepperton Studios and the UK film industry.
Construction work is underway and once complete, Shepperton Studios will be one of the largest film and TV studios in the world. Occupation is expected to commence in 2023.
The news comes as the U.K. undergoes a prolific production boom, with 17 studios currently being constructed or expanded.
With studio space in short supply, many content producers are investing heavily in their own sites. Netflix also recently took a long lease at Longcross Studios and is converting warehouse space at SEGRO Enfield.
Paul Golding, chairman, Pinewood Group, said: “We are thrilled to be going ahead with the next phase of expansion at Shepperton Studios and we’re especially pleased to be strengthening our partnership with Netflix. Their commitment to expand at Shepperton is an endorsement of our operational expertise and enables us to continue our investment into this great studio.”
Anna Mallett, vice president physical production UK & EMEA, Netflix, said: “We are delighted to announce the expansion of our production presence in the UK. The new contract with Shepperton highlights our commitment to investing in the UK creative industry and will provide a wealth of opportunities and production jobs, from entry level to heads of department. We’re excited to work with some of the best storytellers in the business to create amazing new films and series for our members.”