Shinfield’s new temporary film studio ‘could become a permanent fixture’

The new temporary film studio under construction near Reading could become permanent, if the company behind the project is successful.

Shinfield Studios plans to open a four-stage film studio at Thames Valley Science Park in September, so an American production company can shoot the next installment in a “well-known film franchise series.”

The company has told Shinfield Studios that it will commit to shooting the film, which has not been named, if the new studio is open by September.

Construction is now underway after Wokingham Borough Council gave the company permission to build a movie studio on the site for five years.

There is a condition that states that it will be removed and the land will be “restored to its previous condition” in 2026, so the company will need to submit another development application to obtain permission to remain in place. Permanently.

Nick Smith, General Manager of Shinfield Studios, said, “We have this temporary authorization of the four (stages) that we are building right now.

“We want to convert this into a permanent planning post, so these four never budge. They will remain there, hopefully, in perpetuity.

“In addition to that, we want to build 14 more (studios) on the science park.”

Shinfield Studios has a long-term vision to create a “Cine Valley” on 65 acres of land in the Science Park, to provide 18 sound stages, workshops and offices.

Mr Smith said it would be “the UK’s second largest studio” and provide much needed studio space to meet growing demand from companies like Disney, Netflix and Amazon.

The company believes Shinfield is an ideal location for a film and television production complex as there is plenty of space for new studios and easy access to London and Heathrow Airport.

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Mr Smith said London is “the epicenter of industry and in particular post-production” and that film companies want “to access facilities that already exist”.

Shinfield Studios was launched in 2020, after Los Angeles-based film studio investor Commonwealth Real Estate LP reached an agreement with the University of Reading to build creative media studios and campus in the park. scientist.

Earlier this year, the university applied for a building permit to build a permanent television studio – with enough seating for an audience of 550 people – in Shinfield Science Park.

He hopes to open this studio in 2022.

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