A potential major new film and TV studio for Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 12:45 15 January 2020 | UPDATED: 12:45 15 January 2020

Catherine the Great, a Sky original. ©Sky Uk Ltd/ Hal Shinnie

Catherine the Great, a Sky original. ©Sky Uk Ltd/ Hal Shinnie

©Sky Uk Ltd

Sky have put plans forward for a brand new studio in Borehamwood, which would supposedly create 2000 jobs and bring in billions of investment

Media giant Sky has proposed plans for a major new film and TV studio in Borehamwood. Subject to planning approval, Sky Studios Elstree would be built on a 32-acre site off Rowley Lane. Plans include 14 sound stages each covering over 20,000 sq ft, production offices, a set construction workshop, screening cinema and state-of-the-art post-production and digital facilities. The site would create more than 2,000 jobs and bring £3bn of investment into the UK creative sector in the first five years, Sky said.

The development is expected to open in 2022 and to produce several films and TV shows simultaneously in what would be one of the leading European studios.

Jeremy Darroch, Sky group chief executive, said, '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 Catherine the Great, above) and our investment in Sky Studios Elstree will enable us to bring more unique stories to more viewers.'

The area has been home to film studios since the early 20th century. The news follows plans announced by nearby Elstree Studios for two new 'super stages' at its site.

Hertsmere Borough Council said it was delighted by Sky's announcement which would 'put Elstree firmly on the global stage.'

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