Elstree Studios granted planning permission for new stage

PUBLISHED: 12:35 06 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:35 06 June 2016

The George Lucas Stage at Elstree Studios

The George Lucas Stage at Elstree Studios

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A new film and TV studio will be built at Elstree Studios, planners have agreed.

Roger Morris signing The Saint car at Elstree Studios [Picture: John Morosini-Whelan]Roger Morris signing The Saint car at Elstree Studios [Picture: John Morosini-Whelan]

Hertsmere Borough Council’s planning committee unanimously granted permission for Elstree Studios to build a new studio on the four acre area recently cleared at the back of the Shenley Road complex in Borehamwood.

The proposal for the new studio near to the Big Brother House and the George Lucas stages was given permission by the planning committee on Thursday, May 26.

The application is to build a new stage the same height as the towering Lucas Stages, but larger at over 21,000 sq ft, with connected scenery storage, workshops and production offices.

Hertsmere borough councillors said: “Elstree Studios is a jewel in Hertsmere’s crown and we should encourage their endeavours in every way.”

Morris Bright at the launch of a book celebrating 90 years of Elstree Studios [Picture: John Morosini-Whelan]Morris Bright at the launch of a book celebrating 90 years of Elstree Studios [Picture: John Morosini-Whelan]

All members of the planning committee voted for the application.

Cllr Morris Bright, chairman of Elstree Studios and leader of Hertsmere Council, said that this development will part fulfil a much-needed requirement for more studio space.

Roger Morris, managing director of Elstree Studios, said: “We already have clients who wish to use the new stage once it is built.

“It will probably be the best multipurpose film and TV stage in the UK.”

Last year Elstree Studios made record sales with productions such as hit BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing, The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, and new drama The Crown.

Elstree Studios currently has a range of film and TV studios from 3,000sq ft to 16,000sq ft, with the George Lucas stages being one of the tallest in Europe with a height of 50ft.

Internationally famous acts such as Robbie Williams, Kylie, Rihanna, Take That and One Direction find these stages ideal for their tour rehearsals, enabling them to fit a full size stadium stage and lighting grid.

Celebrity Juice, The Voice and Big Brother are among the TV shows filmed at Elstree.

Elstree also offers workshops, green screen facilities, extensive production offices, dressing rooms, wardrobe and make up rooms, plus 40 onsite media related support services from lighting to post production and special effects.

For more on the studios, visit www.elstreestudios.co.uk

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