£200m UK Hollywood film studio complex gets go-ahead

Shinfield Studios, part of Blackhall Global Partners, has gained full planning permission to begin construction near Reading of one of the largest film and TV studios in the UK

The 85,000 sq m TV and film complex designed by Scott Brownrigg will consist of 18 sound stages that will be will be built in Shinfield, Berkshire within the Thames Valley Science Park.

This will include four sound stages that have already been completed, following accelerated planning permission.

Four sound studios built over the summer are now ready for operation, with a Disney production confirmed to start in 2022.

In October, Wokingham Borough Council’s planning committee voted unanimously to award planning permission. Following receipt of confirmation of no objection to the permission from the Secretary for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, full planning consent has now been granted.

Work will now get underway immediately on the bulk of the £200m planned studios as well as workshops, offices and a post-production facility.

The design team includes M&E consultant Hoare Lea, and Abley Letchford Partnership as civils and transport consultant.

Shinfield Studios has been designed to embrace sustainable production with all buildings due to be constructed to BREEAM excellent standards, this includes a fabric first approach and the use of air source heat pumps and photovoltaic arrays.

In meeting these standards, the site will not be using any natural gas.