London’s Hollywood on track

By PRP – 6 March 2020

New designs for the Dagenham Studios were unveiled on 5 March as part of a planning application to transform a former factory site into London’s Hollywood.

The plans were submitted by Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration organisation, and are expected to be considered by the Council’s Planning Committee in July this year.

Councillor, Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “This is a crucial stage in our ambition to make Dagenham London’s Hollywood. Our dream of making the area as famous for films as it was for Fords is very much on track.

“The new studios will be a game-changer in bringing thousands of jobs to Dagenham.

“Dagenham is already becoming known as a new hotspot for digital and knowledge-based industries with a huge data centre under construction and the UCL PEARL research centre set to be built just a stone’s throw away from the studios’ site. It’s another sign that Dagenham’s star is rising.”

Pat Hayes, Managing Director of Be First, said: “Our Consultancy Team has worked hard to submit exciting plans for what will be the most modern and largest studios to be built in the capital in the last 25 years.

“Given the high demand for studio space in the UK, I am confident that ambitious movie makers, production companies and studio operators will be very attracted by these proposals.”

The plans feature:

  • six large sound stages – equivalent to 140,000 sq ft
  • 85,200 sq ft of offices, and
  • 174,500 sq ft of workshops
  • Designs are made to a high environmental standard

Alistair Weir, Partner at PRP said: “Barking and Dagenham Council’s vision was to create a sustainable, world-class studio for film and television that will put Dagenham on the international stage. Through our design we’ve successfully repurposed an existing brownfield site by integrating new purpose-designed sound stages and support spaces with the retention and re-use of the site’s existing buildings.

"The new architecture - a modern interpretation of the site’s former 1930s studio and cinema building design - adopts a modular approach to both form and layout to maximise its future adaptability.”

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive, Film London and the British Film Commission said: “The UK screen industries are enjoying an exceptional boom time and it is crucial that we capitalise on this by continuing to develop our world-class infrastructure and provide access to as much purpose built studio space as we possibly can.

“I am therefore delighted to see the Dagenham studios proposals moving forward so positively with such ambitious and cutting-edge designs that will further bolster London’s studio offer.”

Chris Berry of Lampton Smith Hampton, who have been working with Be First on the film studios project, said: “The planning application is another step forward in this exciting project and demonstrates the council's commitment to the sector. We are delighted to be associated with it.”


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