Sky has announced plans to build a 32-acre state-of-the-art TV and film studio at Elstree. Sky Studios Elstree is being built with the backing on Sky’s new owner Comcast and in partnership with sister-company NBCUniversal. It will be situated in the borough of Hertsmere. Legal & General are in the process of finalising a detailed design and expect to submit a formal planning application early next year.
The new studio, which, subject to planning permission, is expected to open in 2022, will lead to the creation of over 2000 new jobs and help fuel the local economy. It will generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK’s creative economy over the first five years of operation. Sky Studios Elstree will work in close collaboration with Elstree Studios despite both businesses being managed independently of each other.
The 32 acre facility, housing 14 sound stages, will be able to facilitate the production of multiple films and TV shows simultaneously and will include production offices, a set construction workshop, a screening cinema and state-of-the-art post-production and digital facilities. Sky Studios Elstree will also play host to major film productions from Universal Pictures, Focus Features and Working Title, and television series from NBCUniversal Content Studios. It will also have capacity to host productions from third party producers.
“Sky Studios Elstree will play a pivotal role in bringing the wealth of UK and European talent and creativity to the world. We know our customers love our award-winning Sky Originals like Chernobyl and our investment in Sky Studios Elstree will enable us to bring more unique stories to more viewers”, said Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, Sky. “We are proud to be working with our colleagues at NBCUniversal and Comcast, and our partners Hertsmere Borough Council and L&G to bring this project to life. Together we share a joint vision to create a world-leading production capability that will support the creation of thousands of jobs in the creative sector. We can’t wait to get started.”
“Hertsmere Borough Council is delighted by this announcement. This presents a fantastic opportunity to strengthen our creative industries in Hertsmere and build on our proud film and television heritage in the Borough”, commented Sajida Bijle, Interim Managing Director of Hertsmere Borough Council. “This scheme would bring significant employment opportunities to the region and put Elstree firmly on the global stage, whilst further enhancing our local film tourism. There will be opportunities for people to see the plans and to comment on the proposals once a formal planning application is submitted.”
While Roger Morris, Managing Director of Elstree Studios, added: “Sky Studios Elstree will be of immense importance to the UK Film and Television industry – it will not only boost the local economy of Hertsmere and Hertfordshire, but will also have a major impact on the UK’s creative sector as a whole. We are extremely proud that Sky Studios Elstree has chosen to locate near us and we look forward to working closely with them.”