Ealing Studios, one of the UK’s oldest facilities, has won planning permission from Ealing Council to expand.
Ealing Studios, which marks its 120th anniversary this year, is planning a 14,000 square foot stage, 10,000 square foot of new workshops and 35,000 square foot of additional offices.
The plans have just received permission to proceed from Ealing Council.
Ealing Studios said the new buildings will honour the distinctive Art Deco aesthetic of the original 1930’s Grade II listed sound stages. The architects are Create Design, led by Matthew Williams.
Ealing Studios’ new development qualifies under the Net Zero Carbon Scheme by using air source heat pumps and photovoltaic renewable technologies, by which it achieves 100% reduction in regulated carbon emissions.
The development includes £20 million of local investment.
Barnaby Thompson, partner at Ealing Studios, said: “Since the invention of film, Ealing Studios has been at the forefront of every new media revolution – and this is the next stage in our evolution, responding to a need for greater studio space as well as recognising the need to become a more sustainable industry. We thrilled to be celebrating our 120th birthday by building what we believe is the first Net Zero Carbon stage in the UK. We want the Studio to be a home for talent for generations to come.”
The Studio has been at the heart of the British film industry since its inception in 1902. It was the home of the original Ealing comedies such as The Ladykillers, Whiskey, Galore! and Kind Hearts and Coronets, through to Bridget Jones, Notting Hill and Shaun of the Dead, and recent titles including Darkest Hour, St Trinians, Downton Abbey and One Night In Soho.
Ealing is also home to music recording studios which has welcomed artists like Rhianna, Adele to Sam Smith and producer, Naughty Boy.
The tenants of the studios include Andy Sirkis’ motion capture company, The Imaginarium Studios, Timeline Television, and the MetFilm School – a leading film, television and online media school.