First phase of levelling works complete for Borehamwood's Elstree Studios

Borehamwood Times: Levelling works of 'the mound' at Elstree Strudios have now been completed Levelling works of 'the mound' at Elstree Strudios have now been completed

The levelling of a four-acre site at Elstree Studios has been completed, bringing the multi-million pound development of new media facilities a step closer.

The site, formerly known as ‘the mound’, takes up over a quarter of useable space at the Borehamwood-based studios.

The project has been funded by a £2million loan from Hertfordshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growing Places Fund with another £2.5m from Hertsmere Borough Council.

Donald Graham, Hertsmere Council's chief executive, said: “The clearance of the mound has been an impressive project and has been achieved without disruption to a number of high-profile productions that are staged there.

"I'm looking forward to the studios moving ahead with this exciting project for the benefit of both the media industry and the residents of Hertsmere. The council will be developing proposals over the next three months for utilising this space that reflect both the long term ambitions of our studios and the industry's needs.”

The site has been unused for almost 30 years due to contaminated materials being deposited there, but these have now been removed by specialist contractors.

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10:38pm Thu 24 Apr 14

watfordman says...

why dont they move out big brother , open the tank , build proper film stages and have a small back lot for outside sets and filming a good use of space.
why dont they move out big brother , open the tank , build proper film stages and have a small back lot for outside sets and filming a good use of space. watfordman
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10:48am Fri 25 Apr 14

pwelsh says...

all great news. we did reopen the tank in which big brother house sits back in the 90s when we took over the studio. however, there was virtually no demand for it and since then pinewood have built state of the art water tanks.

the challenge is what to build. when i was on the working party that relaunched and rebuilt the studio between 1996 to 2000 we had to make similar decisions. i arranged meetings with union reps, producers, production guilds, etc to get advice. we decided to build the two giant george lucas stages in 1999 and they have proved to be very useful. the challenge is you have to build for today, to get a return on investment but also for what will be needed in 20 or 40 years as technology and the industry changes.
all great news. we did reopen the tank in which big brother house sits back in the 90s when we took over the studio. however, there was virtually no demand for it and since then pinewood have built state of the art water tanks. the challenge is what to build. when i was on the working party that relaunched and rebuilt the studio between 1996 to 2000 we had to make similar decisions. i arranged meetings with union reps, producers, production guilds, etc to get advice. we decided to build the two giant george lucas stages in 1999 and they have proved to be very useful. the challenge is you have to build for today, to get a return on investment but also for what will be needed in 20 or 40 years as technology and the industry changes. pwelsh
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12:41am Mon 28 Apr 14

watfordman says...

well done paul welsh for all your hard work saving ELSTREE studios , you deserve a MBE or OBE for all your hard work and campaigning, i hope they name 1 of the new stages after you or maybe a statue in recognition. lets hope. also lets hope one day the will re-instate the name board between the entrance of the studios and imperial palace . it was always painted out and a new company name added after a new takeover,well done paul.
well done paul welsh for all your hard work saving ELSTREE studios , you deserve a MBE or OBE for all your hard work and campaigning, i hope they name 1 of the new stages after you or maybe a statue in recognition. lets hope. also lets hope one day the will re-instate the name board between the entrance of the studios and imperial palace . it was always painted out and a new company name added after a new takeover,well done paul. watfordman
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10:50am Mon 28 Apr 14

pwelsh says...

thankyou. in fact they did give me an mbe in 1997 for my efforts but i suspect they had just run out of long serving lollipop ladies that year :)
yes i miss that entrance board having helped paint it over when we got rid of cannon and then again with brent walker.
it's all in my book elstree confidential available from the borehamwood museum or via post from the elstree screen heritage website - a fundraiser for both. end of plug :)
thankyou. in fact they did give me an mbe in 1997 for my efforts but i suspect they had just run out of long serving lollipop ladies that year :) yes i miss that entrance board having helped paint it over when we got rid of cannon and then again with brent walker. it's all in my book elstree confidential available from the borehamwood museum or via post from the elstree screen heritage website - a fundraiser for both. end of plug :) pwelsh
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