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Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, to clear 'The Mound'
A multi-million pound development expand Elstree Studios has taken a major forward with the clearing of a “mound” of earth from the site.
The studios, in Shenley Road, Borehamwood, is planning on clearing four acres of rubble directly behind the Big Brother studios to make way for new facilities.
It has not yet been confirmed what will be built on the land, but options for the £6.5 million project include a stage or workshops.
The rubble is known as “The Mound” and has stood on the site for over 30 years.
Studios’ managing director Roger Morris and leader of Hertsmere Borough Council and Elstree Studios Chairman Morris Bright launched the beginning of the work yesterday.
Mr Morris said: “The industry needs more production space.
“Elstree Studios has re-established itself as one of the top UK Studios attracting work from across the film and television industry including many major Hollywood productions.
“This new development at our site will allow the studios to take advantage of an expanding market.
“We look forward to having more space to meet our clients’ needs in the years ahead.”
The work will increase the size of the studios by 15 per cent and is the first major development in Elstree for 15 years.
Hertsmere Council, which owns the studios, accepted a £2 million loan towards the £4.5 million project from the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s fund last year.
The remaining £2.5million is being invested by the authority itself.
Mr Bright said: “I am looking forward to the Studios moving ahead with this exciting project for the benefit of both the media industry and the residents of Hertsmere.”
Elstree Studios is known as London’s leading film and TV studios and attracts many top feature films and television shows, including Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech.
The studios generate over £1 million in rental income for the council which helps keep council tax low.
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